Aubrey Beardsley 1872–1898

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley was an English illustrator and author. His black ink drawings were influenced by Japanese woodcuts, and emphasized the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic. He was a leading figure in the aesthetic movement which also included Oscar Wilde and James McNeill Whistler. Beardsley’s contribution to the development of the Art Nouveau and poster styles was significant despite his early death at 25 from tuberculosis.

Aubrey Beardsley @ Tate Britain

Pictures (c) Martin Schwarz

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