Aubrey Beardsley 'Front Cover for The Yellow Book Vol. V 1895

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    Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (1872-1898) English illustrator and author.

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    1. MyLiliesMyLo 69 months ago | reply

      Very "normal-looking", for Beardsley!

    2. ktmqi 69 months ago | reply

      Greatest draftsman of his time. His wicked humor is always a delight.

    3. Plum leaves 69 months ago | reply

      MyLiliesMyLo ...which is one reason I included it! His "decadent, erotic and grotesque" are intriguing, but...
      ktmqi He was an extraordinary artist.

    4. MyLiliesMyLo 69 months ago | reply

      Plum leaves I feel the same. Sometimes, he just went way beyond my "comfort level", as the saying goes now. One thing that bothered me, as in the case of D.H. Lawrence's novels for example, was that it seemed he presumed he was offering the viewer something totally new--sex and nudity--that they'd never thought about before! When you're in college, especially, you're thinking, "Dude! I'm already there." lol

    5. ktmqi 69 months ago | reply

      MyLiliesMyLo What he was offering was a lack of coyness and in your face sensuality (not always sexuality) after a long stretch of false modesty and a duplicitous attitude towards sex among social leaders. That is probably why he had a big revival in the 1960's.

    6. MyLiliesMyLo 69 months ago | reply

      ktmqi I agree that much of his work can be described thus, but some of it was very much "in your face", and/or downright bizarre. It's all a matter of taste anyway. His revival in the 60's was fueled in part by sexual liberalism, but also, I think, by the popularity of experimentation in art, with people like Warhol and Peter Max (see below). Beardsley and Alphonse Mucha just seemed to fit into this trend nicely.

    7. closed wall [deleted] 69 months ago | reply

      I love everything Beardsley did . He's one of those artists who never seem to produce a bad picture . I've got a couple of books with his illustrations but i'd really like a book showing his full body of work.

    8. Plum leaves 69 months ago | reply

      Closed Wall You are certainly right he did some stellar illustrations! Many of Beardsley’s pen and ink drawings are among my favorites of the Bella Époque illustrators. I particularly like his "Le Morte d'Arthur." Even the borders on these are beautiful…I have used them to make lovely note cards. He had such lyrical lines, precise pen and included such fascinating details !

    9. Plum leaves 69 months ago | reply

      MyLiliesMyLo Yes, his extreme works of the grotesque (often in the literal sense) became absurd.

    10. closed wall [deleted] 69 months ago | reply

      Plum leaves I've got a copy of Morte d'Arthur from the 70s . It's a big book and the whole thing is beautiful but what i'd really like to see is an early copy . Now they are supposed to be stunning .
      This is from my other account -

      Here's a pic of my other Beardsley book ,though it's only a small format book -

    11. Plum leaves 69 months ago | reply

      Closed Wall Oh, these are beautiful books, Nick!! His cover design is wonderful too!! I would say these two are possibly the nicest he illustrated. I am so glad you have them!

      I just found this online "Best Works of Aubrey Beardsley" by Dover publishing. Not your quality, but very nice:

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