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The Collected Drawings of Aubrey Beardsley Hardcover – Jan 1978


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  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publications; New edition edition (Jan 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517083264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517083260
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 434,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beardsley's stylistic development is carefully explored in selected drawings and the recollections of a contemporary.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By heretic666 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 July 2014
Format: Hardcover
There is not so much colour in this book which usually evokes a moan from me but in this case it is virtually irrelevant. Beardsley was a master of the economical,fluid naked line, needing no shading or colour for emphasis.He did lots of book illustrations and posters by commission without ever turning into a journeyman.
His work still baffles art stusents today with the question of how he was able to leave so much detail out and still provide a full statement of artistic intent and draughtsmanship of the highest calibre
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss S on 11 Sep 2013
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The Collected Drawings Of Aubrey Beardsley.

This is a beautiful collection of works . I was very lucky to purchase my book at a very reasonable price! . I adored all of the collection in this book and it has given me many ideas for future sculpture .

From the dream like exotic and erotic, kinky and fetish! to, the sedate and homely ,almost, it seems . It is all contained in this delightful collection .

A must for an evening browse and for any art lover , if it is not already in his or her collection .

Good packaging , with no damage to the cover of the book, arrived on time .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Missy on 4 Sep 2014
Format: Hardcover
Excellent collection of drawings by mr Beardsley. Having purchased a used one I was dubious of the quality, because the new ones were 90% more in price, but it is in excellent condition and seems to be one of the first editions. All in very pleased with layout, paper quality and collection of drawings.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Luscious Beardsley - exotica and erotica 29 Oct 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a large volume (212 pages, incl. index) of Beardsley drawings, mostly in chronological order representing his six years of major creativity - being only 26 when he died.
Extract from 1967 cover: "Here is the art of Aubrey Beardsley full of beauty and decadence, sensuality and sin."
His work is easily recognizable; a unique style of black-and-white line drawings, influenced by Japanese woodcuts and Art Nouveau.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Collected, but not complete 17 Jun 2007
By wiredweird - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Well, the complete work would be a very thick book. This one gives plenty to enjoy, though. It starts with conventional drawings or lithos, including pieces ("Hail Mary" and "Francesca di Rimini") that capture a romanticism like the Pre-Raphaelites. Just a few pages in, though, we see illustrations from "Le Morte D' Arthur." These illustrations seemed to be the turning point in his career. When you see the whole set of work done for that book, you can see Beardsley's work mature into the style considered his signature. (It seems odd to talk about stages in a career that was so tragically short.)

Beardsley's work is commonly placed within Art Nouveau. It certainly displays the flowing curves and sensuality of that movement. I find the hard contrasts of black ink and open white atypical of Nouveau, and immediately recognizable. He took its sensuality well beyond normal bounds, as seen here in some pairs of his drawings, the original and the bowdlerized forms. His "Lysistrata," sampled here, exaggerates that into satiric bawdy surrounded by effete clothes (what few there are) and manners. The "Earl Lavender" drawing hints at some of the extremes in his "Under the Hill", which is not represented here.

The reproductions are large and legible, making the images easy to enjoy in their detail. I fault this book only for lack of an index or table of contents, making specific images hard to find, and for attributions that seem incomplete. Dates, in particular, are missing from nearly all of the works, even in the extensive catalogue in the back of the book. This is really a picture book, though, and the pictures are all that the reader could hope for.

-- wiredweird
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A necessity for any fan of Beardsley 6 April 2007
By Meg Bridgeman - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has ALL of Beardsley's work accompanied with insightful text. Beware, though -- some of his drawings are of extremely crude sexual nature -- definitely not a book you want on your coffee table when you have in-laws coming in from out of town.

Beardsley did much of his work for shock value, much like his buddy Oscar Wilde, so this is not necessarily TASTEFUL nnudity here. For those who can stomach it though, acquainting yourself with this artist is worthwhile.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Collected Drawings of Aubrey Beardsley 28 Dec 2007
By B. Rackley - Published on Amazon.com
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What a terriffic book! Loved the black and white drawings, and the history of this designer. I wish I could have gotten a book jacket, but,
well, you sometimes have to forfit. Price was right. Arrived in Speedy time and It is a keeper.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Classic art 2 Jan 2014
By BA blacksheep - Published on Amazon.com
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Beardsley was a popular artist in the early 1900's whose work was rediscovered by the hippies in the 1960's. Also includes a collection of forgeries, and explains the forgers mistakes. Worth the 3 bucks plus shipping. If you like to look at cool stuff, this book is for you.
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