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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Fine Art, History of Art
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 44th Revised edition edition (July 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486262731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486262734
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the brief span of his life and career, Aubrey Beardsley (1872–98) galvanized public attention in 1890s London with his exotic renderings of subjects, which often projected the sensual and the grotesque. This splendid volume brings together the best of Beardsley's work—a rich selection ranging from illustrations for Laclos's Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Balzac's La Comédie Humaine to magazine cover designs, book plate silhouettes, title-page ornaments, and delightful mini-portraits of major composers. Also included are two photographs of the artist, consisting of private portrait studies by Frederick H. Evans.
Over 180 beautifully reproduced black-and-white plates capture the uniqueness of Beardsley's vision and reveal the seductive power of his art. Among the illustrations are brilliantly conceived vignettes from Le Morte D'arthur, Venus and Tannhäuser, Salome, and Lucian's True History as well as enchanting creations for The Yellow Book (an influential British arts quarterly), and much more.
Characterized by bold black masses, elongated shapes, and sensually provocative figures, these works are the product of a remarkable individual style that transformed the art of illustration. Reproduced here in an inexpensive high-quality format, they are certain to thrill not only Beardsley enthusiasts but anyone interested in the early years of modern graphic art.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Curt Potteiger on January 5, 2012
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This book is NOT the best of Aubrey Beardsley. Many of the illustrations are "expurgated" which mean censored. Dover Publications has deleted key components (shame on those involved) of the illustrations and Beardsley's meaning and artist expression. Genitals, which are on the originals, have been removed from his works thereby altering the actual scene. Beardsley himself said "I have one aim - the grotesque." and "If I am not grotesque I am nothing." He would have been insulted by this publication. This makes this representation of his work a travesty and not representational. Not recommended.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By DJ Rix on September 30, 2000
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Inexpensive collection of Beardsley's black & white illustrations, mostly taken from other Beardsley books in the Dover catalogue. Some erotic penwork, but Aubrey's "obscene" art is quite tame by today's standards. Some of it even adorned the covers of magazines in his own time. Of course, the big value of this collection is that it's copyright free. You can use these illustrations in your crafts & collages or scan them for your websites. So, if you like that old decadent Nineties style (I mean 1890, not 1990), this book is one window you can peek through.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ay.b on June 23, 2008
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i was a bit dissapointed since i couldnt find the erotic illustrations from Lysistrata of Aristophanes.There are only details and expurgeted versions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Derrick L. Purdy on November 8, 2007
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Big fan of this book. It's hard to believe he created so much in so little time. This book shows off a lot these works in good detail. I believe this is a must for anyone into art nouveau or Beardsley. Beardsley's use of large black spaces and intricate detail is highly evident in this book. I give it a 8.5 out of 10. Cheers, enjoy.
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