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Biography

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (21 August 1872 – 16 March 1898) was an English illustrator and author. His drawings in black ink, influenced by the style of Japanese woodcuts, emphasized the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic. He was a leading figure in the aesthetic movement which also included Oscar Wilde and James A. McNeill Whistler. Beardsley's contribution to the development of the Art Nouveau and poster styles was significant, despite the brevity of his career before his early death from tuberculosis.

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  • Art Term

    Fin de Siècle

    Fin de Siècle is a French phrase meaning 'end of century' and is applied specifically as a historical term to ...
  • Art Term

    Art nouveau

    Art nouveau is an international style in architecture and design that emerged in the 1890s and is characterised by sinuous ...
  • Art Term

    Decadence

    Decadence generally refers to an extreme manifestation of symbolism which appeared towards the end of the nineteenth century and emphasised ...
  • Tate Papers

    'Poor abraded butterflies of the stage': Sickert and the Brighton Pierrots

    Nicola Moorby

    Sickert's interest in popular entertainment extended beyond the London music-hall and his 1915 painting Brighton Pierrots depicts a troupe of ...
  • Tate Etc

    Prisoners of love: Early bondage

    James Hall

    English visual art contains a wealth of bondage imagery, particularly from Aubrey Beardsley, the master of the whiplash line. James ...

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