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Aubrey Beardsley

Decadence & Desire

Jan Marsh



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Thames & Hudson
03 March 2020
Art & Architecture; Individual artists, art monographs
Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) was only 25 when he died from tuberculosis, but in his short life he established a reputation as one of the most accomplished - and controversial - illustrators of his day, whose contribution to the visual language of Art Nouveau was profound. Astonishingly, all his work was created in the course of only six years, and is today instantly recognizable for its use of black ink and flowing lines on white paper - and its erotically charged subject matter. Not all his work was lubricious - some of it was political, poking fun at the decadent mores of the time - but much of it was, taking its stylistic inspiration from Japanese shunga and Greek vase painting and its thematic inspiration from mythology, history, poetry and drama.

This beautifully designed, accessibly priced gift book offers a wealth of illustrations by Beardsley, and introduces his exquisitely wrought drawings and prints to a new audience. With a text by Jan Marsh and around 110 illustrations from the extensive collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, this book brings together a carefully curated selection of works from Beardsley's tragically short but highly productive life.
By:   Jan Marsh
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 190mm,  Width: 170mm, 
Weight:   420g
ISBN:   9780500480595
ISBN 10:   0500480591
Pages:   144
Publication Date:   03 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Preface * Introduction * The Plates

Jan Marsh specializes in the Victorian period, in particular the Pre-Raphaelites and William Morris. She is president of the William Morris Society, a trustee of the William Morris Gallery and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Marsh was a contributor to May Morris: Art & Life, also published by Thames & Hudson.

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