Aubrey Beardsley: Decadence and Desire
Artist(s): Aubrey Beardsley
Author(s): Jan Marsh
Year published: 27 Feb 2020
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 144
Illustrations: 117 illustrations, colour and black and white
Please note: this title will be despatched after publication on 27th February 2020.
Aubrey Beardsley (1872 1898) was only 25 when he died from tuberculosis, but in his short life he established a reputation as one of the most accomplished and controversial illustrators of his day, whose contribution to the visual language of Art Nouveau was profound. Astonishingly, all his work was created in the course of only six years, and is today instantly recognizable for its use of black ink and flowing lines on white paper and its erotically charged subject matter. Not all his work was lubricious some of it was political, poking fun at the decadent mores of the time but much of it was, taking its stylistic inspiration from Japanese shunga and Greek vase painting and its thematic inspiration from mythology, history, poetry and drama.