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Aubrey Vincent BEARDSLEY 1872 - 1898

Biography

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley was best known as an illustrator and author, and was a leading member of the Aesthetic movement, which emphasised aesthetic values over moral or social concerns. Also, the curvaceous and linear figures of Beardsley's drawings became a common element within the Art Nouveau movement. However, it was only in 1891 on the recommendation of Edward Burne-Jones and Puvis de Chavannes that he took up art as a profession, while sadly his burgeoning career was cut short in 1898 with his death from tuberculosis.

The majority of his output comprised drawings in black ink, influenced by Japanese woodcuts and focused on grotesque, decadent and erotic subjects. While the etching here is perhaps not so clearly linked with these tendencies, the elongated figure and stark contrast of white skin with the otherwise dark forms betray a common stylistic element present across Beardsley's oeuvre.

The majority of his output comprised drawings in black ink, influenced by Japanese woodcuts and focused on grotesque, decadent and erotic subjects. While the etching here is perhaps not so clearly linked with these tendencies, the elongated figure and stark contrast of white skin with the otherwise dark forms betray a common stylistic element present across Beardsley's oeuvre.