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Self-portrait in ink of Aubrey Beardsley, on bright yellow cover, 'AUBREY BEARDSLEY', in lilac font above, by Pallas Athene.

Aubrey Beardsley

A Biography

By (author) Matthew Sturgis


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  • The definitive biography of Aubrey Beardsley, one of the defining figures of the fin-de-siècle, by acclaimed author Matthew Sturgis
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When Aubrey Beardsley died in 1898, he was aged only 25. In his short but crowded career he had become one of the defining figures of the fin-de-siècle, a precocious draughtsman who redefined the limits of black-and-white art. His erotic, decadent illustrations for Oscar Wilde’s Salome set the tone for his style: by turns shocking, facetious and cruel. Beloved by Burne-Jones, cursed by William Morris, he was the intimate of Wilde, the rival of Whistler, the friend of Beerbohm, Sickert, Ada Leverson and William Rothenstein. His deliberate manipulation of press and public, his awareness of both art and the market-place, made him one of the first truly modern artists.

About the Author

Matthew Sturgis is the author of a highly acclaimed account of English decadence, Passionate Attitudes (Macmillan, 1995, and Pallas Athene, 2011) and the definitive biography of Walter Sickert (Harper Collins, 2005).

Pallas Athene
21st Mar 2023
Paperback / softback
210 mm x 148 mm
404 Pages
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