Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) Great Britain

Beardsley’s short career as a graphic artist was highly influential, and he is considered a key figure in the development of Art Nouveau and poster art in the UK. He was a devotee of the Aesthetic movement, which celebrated decadence and art for art’s sake. His illustrations shocked Victorian society: they were often erotic and grotesque, executed in a strikingly modern style, which was heavily influenced by Japanese woodcuts as well as the poster art of Toulouse-Lautrec and the Parisian school.

He is most famous for his black-and-white illustrations for literary works, including Lysistrata, and Salome, an 1896 play by Beardley’s friend and fellow-Aesthete Oscar Wilde.

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