Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Aubrey Beardsley

Aubrey Beardsley was a nineteenth century artist and author. An aesthete and member of the art nouveau movement, his black and white ink drawings generally depicted figures from history and mythology. He focused on the grotesque, erotic and perverse and was influenced by Japanese shunga.

He was also notorious on a personal level, socialising in Oscar Wilde's homosexual clique (he illustrated Wilde's play Salome) although he was generally considered to be asexual on account of his chronic life-long struggle with tuberculosis and his obsessive dedication to his work. Rumours of incest also circulated when his sister Mabel miscarried.

See his Wikipedia page.

1 comment:

material girl said...

I ♥ AUbrey Beardsley, got me some framed prints at home! nice one