Aubrey Vincent Beardsley or Aubrey Beardsley was a world-renowned English illustrator, draughtsman, and author. He was an active representative of ‘Art Nouveau,’ in which the traditional techniques for drawing were paving way for the new ones. ‘Aestheticism,’ ‘Symbolism,’ and ‘Decadence’ were the other striking elements of his inventions. Aubrey Beardsley was created on August 21, 1872, in Brighton, England, to Vincent Beardsley and Ellen Angus Pitt. Despite being born in an affluent family of England, he spent his youth in a really destitute condition, because his father lived only on the inherited income. To further exacerbate the circumstance, because of a personal controversy, they needed to leave their palatial house at 12 Buckingham Road. In 1883, Beardslleys moved to London.
Aubrey attended the Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar School, in 1884 for four Decades. He polished his artistic talent by drawing on the caricatures of his teachers. Originally in 1888 he began working in an architectural company, later followed by his linking as a clerk at the Guardian Life and Fire Insurance Company, England. Soon after, he predicted the famous artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones for some art guidance. Later, Edward and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes encouraged Aubrey’s ability and in 1891, he created art as his livelihood. Eventually, the artist registered in the Westminster School of Art in 1892.
Aubrey Beardsley’s functions were largely done in ink. The artistry depicted contrasting features with a few portions colored, while others were left blank. Dark, strange images and ‘Erotica’ were the typical topics of Aubrey’s illustration drawing painting graphic novel comics. Some of the later works also signify the sensual inspiration from Japanese ‘Shunga,’ summoned around history and mythology.
His first major commission was 1892, in the early age of 20, where he illustrated the works of the writer J. M. Dent’s “Morte Darthur.” The examples were done in 12 parts, with each part comprising roughly 300 paintings. The job was highly valued among art circles, such as by the painters, Wassily Kandinsky and Pablo Picasso. The identical year, Aubrey Beardsley befriended Oscar Wilde and shared a scandalous relationship with him.
Aubrey Beardsley was the editor of this magazine “The Yellow Book” from April 1894, for its first four editions. This show, filled with his illustrations and paintings, served as a regular medium for the kids to learn. This magazine also set forth different erotic images and so, hardliners and critics constantly attacked the magazine and termed it primitive. Back in 1895, when Oscar Wilde was detained, Beardsley needed to step down from the position of editor, owing to his relationship with Wilde.
This magazine displayed the artist’s examples, for example “Under the Hill” and “The Ballad of a Barber.” He even caricatured the prevailing political universe of those times. Another famous ex-magazine examples of Aubrey Beardsley include “Pope’s The Rape of the Lock,” “Ben Jonson’s Volpone,” and “The Lysistrata” of Aristophanes. The artist made the famous illustrations of Oscar’s play “Salome” in 1896 and exhibited them in Paris. The exhibition was a great success. Oscar Wilde though did not appreciate the achievement, as he believed the paintings would take the limelight away from his play.
Aubrey Beardsley died at the tender age of 25, on March 16, 1898, at Menton, France, due to tuberculosis. In his short lifetime, he generated brilliant illustrations and constantly proved to be a source of knowledge for young talent. He famously quoted, “In the present age, alas!