Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (21 August 1872 – 16 March 1898) was a popular and controversial British illustrator and author best known for his use of starkly contrasting and intricate black and white designs and for his caustic commentary on the society and the morality of his time of which he was a keen observer.
His drawings, executed in black ink on white paper was clearly influenced by the style of Japanese woodcuts. His subjects emphasized the beautiful, the grotesque, the decadent and the erotic.
Beardsley was a leading figure in the Aesthetic Art Movement of the late 1800s which also included the works of Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allan Poe, Harry Clarke and James A. McNeill Whistler.
Beardsley’s contribution to the development of the Art Nouveau style and the poster movement was hugely significant, despite the brevity of his artistic career before his untimely death from tuberculosis at only 25.
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