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Aubrey Beardsley [Paperback]

Stephen Calloway
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31 Mar 2000
Beardsley's work is looked at alongside the work of contemporaries such as Oscar Wilde, Max Beerbohm and W.B. Yeats and against the backdrop of the artistic, literary and social life of fin-de-siecle London, Dieppe and Paris. In addition to the drawings, the book includes examples of Beardsley's innovative book binding, prints and posters, revealing a gallery of portraits and photographs from that decadent period, the "Naughty Nineties." It also explores the diverse influences, such as ancient Greek vase painting and Japanese prints, upon which the young artist freely drew in the formation of his own style.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: V & A Publications; New edition edition (31 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851772189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851772186
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 22.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 990,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fin-de-siecle artist Aubrey Beardsley died tragically young of tuberculosis at the age of 25, but he left an enormous body of work behind which has come to symbolise the decadence of the 1890s. Drawings, poster designs, bookbindings-- there was little that Beardsley's famous gold-nibbed pen could not illustrate--and his astonishing range of expression found a willing audience in the more outré circles of the "Naughty Nineties".

Famed for his outrageous erotic drawings--many of which adorned such artistic magazines as The Savoy and the Yellow Book--Beardsley pushed public opinion to the limit with his sequence of graphic illustrations for Aristophanes' Lysistrata, which were deemed obscene and remained unpublished until 1966.

Biographer Stephen Calloway has closely scrutinised Beardsley's life in the light of his subversive drawings and this in-depth, superbly illustrated book has been published to coincide with the Calloway-curated centenary exhibition held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London during autumn 1998. --Catherine Taylor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Calloway's...book is bold, intelligent, and easily the most effective in displaying the range of Beardsley's imagination." JOAN SMITH, FINANICAL TIMES --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative 9 Feb 2011
By lizzee
This is great for detailed information on Beardsley's life, his personality, friends and the society in which he mixed, with many interesting photographs. There are lots of examples of his drawings, but this is not a comprehensive selection. I would love the book to have had more plates of his designs. Fortunately, I have other books with more of his work in, but this is certainly an essential book for any Beardsley fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely, comprehensive book 31 Dec 2013
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I would have liked to have seen more illustrations, but a very interesting book. As ever V&A books are high quality and authoritative content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beardsley revealed 2 Dec 2012
By Jeany
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excellent for anyone interested in drawing or design. Wish I had read it years ago, includes enough pictures to make one wish to see more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic overview, great reproduction, must have book 27 April 1998
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This is an excellent addition to any Beardsley fan's bookshelf. Great reproductions, some rare drawings I've never seen, and interesting photos and supporting artwork and photos of the same era. Very readable, jolly good show!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aubrey Beardsley in black and white 9 Nov 2013
By Victoria Zlotkowski - Published on Amazon.com
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Great art deserves a great book! Fall in love with the delicate and erotic art of Aubrey Beardsley, a must for anybody interested in elegant form!
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