20 Facts About Aubrey Beardsley


Aubrey Vincent Beardsley was an English illustrator and author.


Aubrey Beardsley was a leading figure in the aesthetic movement which included Oscar Wilde and James McNeill Whistler.


Aubrey Beardsley is one of the important Modern Style figures.


Aubrey Beardsley was born in Brighton, Sussex, England, on 21 August 1872 and christened on 24 October 1872.


The Pitts were a well-established and respected family in Brighton, and Aubrey Beardsley's mother married a man of lesser social status than might have been expected.


In 1884, Aubrey Beardsley appeared in public as an "infant musical phenomenon", playing at several concerts with his sister.


Aubrey Beardsley traveled to Paris in 1892, where he discovered the poster art of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and the Parisian fashion for Japanese prints.

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Aubrey Beardsley had six years of creative output, which can be divided into several periods, identified by the form of his signature.


Aubrey Beardsley co-founded The Yellow Book with American writer Henry Harland, and for the first four editions, he served as art editor and produced the cover designs and many illustrations for the magazine.


Aubrey Beardsley was aligned with Aestheticism, the British counterpart of Decadence and Symbolism.


Aubrey Beardsley was 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.


Aubrey Beardsley's illustrations were in black and white against a white background.


Aubrey Beardsley was a caricaturist and did some political cartoons, mirroring Wilde's irreverent wit in art.


Aubrey 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 such as Pape and Clarke.


Aubrey Beardsley's work continued to cause controversy in Britain long after his death.


Aubrey Beardsley appeared at his publisher's in a morning coat and court shoes.


Aubrey Beardsley suffered frequent lung haemorrhage and often was unable to work or leave his home.


In December 1896, Aubrey Beardsley suffered a violent haemorrhage, leaving him in precarious health.


Aubrey Beardsley is featured on the cover of The Beatles' Sgt.


Aubrey Beardsley's art is mentioned briefly in the 2011 version of the Car Seat Headrest song, Beach Life-in-Death.