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'BON MOTS AND GROTESQUES', in red font to upper half of orange cover, two illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley.

Bon Mots and Grotesques

By (author) Aubrey Beardsley
Edited by Matthew Sturgis


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  • Urban wit on life, art and culture from one of the leading artists and celebrities of the decadent era, Aubrey Beardsley, with drawings from his Grotesque series
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‘To critics who said that the full-lipped so-called ‘Beardsley mouth’, which adorned many of his women, was ‘inexpressive and ugly’, the artist countered, ‘Well, let them criticise. It’s my mouth and not theirs. I like big mouths. People like the little mouth – the “Dolly Varden” mouth, if that describes it better. A big mouth is the sign of character and strength. Look at Ellen Terry with her great, strong mouth. In fact, I haven’t any patience with small-mouthed people.’ ‘The popular idea of a picture is something told in oil or writ in water to be hung on a room’s wall or in a picture gallery to perplex an artless public.’ ‘To my mind, there is nothing so depressing as a Gothic cathedral. I hate to have the sun shut out by the saints.’ ‘What a nice ample creature George Sand is: like a wonderful old cow with all her calves.’ And other witty, urbane insights on life, art, and culture, illustrated with selected drawings from his Grotesques series.

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Pallas Athene
5th Apr 2023
Paperback / softback
185 mm x 136 mm
96 Pages
85 b&w
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