Monday, January 17, 2011

Aubrey Beardsley (August 21, 1872 – March 16, 1898)

A Nightpiece

Beardsley was an amazing illustrator with a strange, elaborate and beautiful Art Nouveau style. His life was wild and short–encapsulated in rumors of his strange habits and affairs–but ultimately he fell pray to his chronic disease, tuberculosis, and died at a young, young 25. It would have been interesting to see the progression of such a talented youth–especially after his conversion to Catholicism and repudiation of some of his former works, in the last year of his life–would he have gone on to draw more religious works? would he have carried into newer mediums? It's sad that we can never know.

Incipit Vita Nova

The Peacock Skirt

Chopin Ballade III

How King Arthur Saw the Questing Beast

Venus Between Terminal Gods

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