The Artist Birthday Series

Aubrey Beardsley

"Battle of the Beaux and the Belles," from "The Rape Of The Lock," 18
“Battle of the Beaux and the Belles,” from “The Rape Of The Lock,” 1896

 

"The Abbé Fanfreluche," 1896, from "Under the Hill"
“The Abbé Fanfreluche,” 1896, from “Under the Hill”

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Beardsley is often considered the most controversial artist of the Art Nouveau era, renowned for his dark and perverse images and grotesque erotica, which were the main themes of his later work. His illustrations were in black and white, against a white background. Some of his drawings, inspired by Japanese shunga artwork, featured enormous genitalia.

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