Thursday, February 22, 2018

Aubrey Beardsley's exquisite decadent style

the mirror of love

Aubrey Beardsley is the enfant terrible of Art Noveau, with his striking pen line, vibrant black-and-white works, and shockingly exotic imagery. He was intensely prolific for only five years and died of tuberculosis at age twenty-six (MHG). Beardsley did illustrations for The Yellow Book, a leading journal for Aestheticism (England's foremost decadent movement). Above, right, poster for Isolde (1895).

early aubrey beardsley

late beardsley

then there are the wonderfully seditious lysistrata illustrations.