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Aubrey Beardsley (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Decadence & Desire

Jan Marsh

£14.95 £10.47

A beautiful gift book devoted to the work of Aubrey Beardsley, one of the defining – and most controversial – artists of the Art Nouveau style.

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Overview

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.

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Specifications

Format: Quarterbound/PLC (no jacket)

Size: 19.0 x 17.0 cm

Extent: 144 pp

Publication date: 3 March 2020

ISBN: 9780500480595

Contents List

Preface • Introduction • The Plates

About the Author

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.