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Aubrey Beardsley was the most controversial artist of the
Art Nouveau era, renowned for his dark and perverse images and the
grotesque erotic themes which he explored in his later work.
Beardsley was a close friend of Oscar Wilde and did
illustrations and stage designs for Wilde's play Salome. He also did
extensive illustrations for books and magazines, including William Morris'
edition of Le Morte Arthur and magazines like The Savoy and
The Studio. Beardsley's most famous erotic illustrations were on themes
of history and mythology, including his illustrations for Lysistrata and
Salome. Beardsley was also a characiturist and even did some political
cartoons, mirroring Wilde's irreverant wit in art. Beardsley's work reflected
the decadence of his era and his influence was enormous, clearly visible in
the work of the French Symbolists, the Poster Art Movement of the 1890s and
the work of many later-period Art Nouveau artists like Pape, Mucha and Clarke.
Some of Beardsley's images are a bit too bizarre to just
show on our page - but for those who are interested in something a bit
stranger, click here for a particularly odd image in a higher resolution:
We have just made available a special collection of Beardsley images in very
high resolution, including
the best erotic pieces from Salome and Lysistrata as well as some
of his darker, more satanic illustrations from other sources. Our Beardsley
package can be purchased online through our automated ordering site. Just look
in the section on Art & Graphics for the Beardsley collection. To order online
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If you like Beardsley's work you might be interested in some of
the other artists of the period who were followed in the same tradition. Take a tour through our site and keep a
particular eye out for the work of Alphonse Mucha, Harry
Clarke and the Jugenstil Art Nouveau movement.