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Beardsley, with his infamous reputation, tragic life and instantly recognisable style, is one of the paradigmatic figures of the Modern Age, who ...Show synopsisBeardsley, with his infamous reputation, tragic life and instantly recognisable style, is one of the paradigmatic figures of the Modern Age, who worked hard to fashion his persona. Born in Brighton in 1872 of lower-class parents and diagnosed a consumptive at the age of seven, Beardsley quickly established himself as a precocious talent. His erotic, decadent illustrations for Oscar Wilde's "Salome" set the tone of his style: by turn shocking, facetious and cruel. Elongated and androgynous himself, he was readily confused with his own degenerate pictures. Sex suffuses his art and accounts for the mixture of fascination and horror with which his pictures were viewed by contemporaries.Hide synopsis
Aubrey Beardsley: A Biography (Overlook Press) – Hardcover (1999)
Hardcover, Overlook Press 1999
ISBN: 087951910X ISBN-13: 9780879519100
The brilliant and brief life of the prodigiously talented, turn-of-the-century English artist, written by a renowned journalist and historian. 28 photos. 30 line drawings.The brilliant and brief life of the prodigiously talented, turn-of-the-century English artist, written by a renowned journalist and historian. 28 photos. 30 line drawings.Hide
Sturgis draws a simpathic picture of this great illistrator and his times. Although I must say his strict adherance to chonological order of events does make for rather uninteresting reading.
I sense that Sturgis, by his tone, is somewhat homophobic. In fact, the books style is very much in the ...
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