There was little that fin-de-siècle artist Aubrey Beardsley's famous gold-nibbed pen could not illustrate--drawings, posters, bookbindings. Though he died of tuberculosis at the age of 25, he left an enormous body of work behind that found a willing audience during his lifetime in the more outré circles of the "naughty '90s" and now symbolizes the decadence of the 1890s. Beardsley possessed an astonishing range of expression, but he is perhaps most famous for his outrageous erotic drawings--many of which adorned such artistic magazines as the Savoy
and the Yellow Book
. He pushed public opinion to the limit with his sequence of graphic illustrations for Aristophanes's Lysistrata
, which, deemed obscene, remained unpublished until 1966.
Biographer Stephen Calloway curated the centenary exhibition of Beardsley's work at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London during autumn of 1998. He closely scrutinizes Beardsley's life in the light of his subversive drawings in this in-depth, superbly illustrated biography that coincides with the exhibition.
From Library Journal
Not since the early 1970s, when dorm room walls were covered with posters of their work, have the Aesthetes and Pre-Raphaelites of 19th-century England been so popular. This latest work on illustrator Aubrey Vincent Beardsley is the second in six months (Aubrey Beardsley: A Biography, LJ 2/1/99). Colvin, an art historian and limited-editions publisher, takes a different slant on Beardsley in this elaborately illustrated biography, looking at him through his art but also adding much on how the artist was viewed and remembered by friends and contemporaries. Beardsley died from tuberculosis at 25, yet in the six brief years that he worked he illustrated Wilde's Salome, Pope's The Rape of the Lock, Aristophanes' Lysistrata, and Johnson's Valpone. He was also the art editor of the influential serial The Yellow Book. His extraordinary work was noted for its sexual curves and erotic tone, elaborate borders, and initialsAa mixture of Oriental and Art Nouveau. With its numerous and excellent use of illustrations, this is a worthy companion to other Beardsley works. Highly recommended for all collections.AJoseph C. Hewgley, Nashville P.L.
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