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Aubrey Beardsley
Aubrey Beardsley

Aubrey Beardsley

A Biography


404 Pages, 6 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $35.00 (US $35.00) (CA $38.95)

Publication Date: July 2011

ISBN 9781843680741

Rights: US & CA

Pallas Athene (Jul 2011)

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Now in paperback, the acclaimed definitive modern biography of one of the founding figures of modern art

Now in paperback, the acclaimed definitive modern biography of one of the founding figures of modern art When Aubrey Beardsley died in 1898, he was aged only 25. This informative biography traces how in his short but crowded career he became one of the defining figures of the fin-de-siècle—a precocious draughtsman who redefined the limits of black-and-white art. His erotic, decadent illustrations for Oscar Wilde's Salome set the tone for his style: by turns shocking, facetious and cruel. Beloved by Burne-Jones, cursed by William Morris, he was the intimate of Wilde, the rival of Whistler, and the friend of Beerbohm, Sickert, Ada Leverson, and William Rothenstein. This book fully covers these relationships as well as the cultural conditions that shaped him as an artist, and explores how his deliberate manipulation of press and public, and his awareness of both art and the marketplace, made him one of the first truly modern artists.


"The most thorough biography of the artist to date."  —New York Times Book Review

"Informative . . . Not only a faithful record of Beardsley and of his world but also a useful study of the birth pangs of modernity."  —Publishers Weekly

"Has uncovered new material and used many previously untapped sources to capture Beardsley in the first full-length biography in 20 years. Highly recommended."  —Library Journal

Author Biography

Matthew Sturgis is the author of Paperwork: Peter Clark and Walter Sickert: A Life. He writes for Independent on Sunday, Harpers & Queen, Sunday Telegraph, and Times Literary Supplement.