I long for earlier Volpones where the famous bed is in heavy shadows, and where Volpone's bizarre servants, the hermaphrodite, the eunuch and the dwarf, Nano, can appear whispering and laughing, like an Aubrey Beardsley
illustration reeking of underworld decadence.
All the work is hand-drawn in silhouette pen and ink with fluid ornate lines that create a vintage Edwardian feel, inspired by Art Nouveau and illustrators such as Aubrey Beardsley
and Jan Pienkowski.
One of Barry Moser's illustrations takes Donohue's face as a model for Herod--perhaps in a sly bow to Aubrey Beardsley
, who incorporated Wilde's features into several of his illustrations, thereby suggesting Wilde's intimate connection with the action and the characters of Salome.
Resembling giant rubber ink-stamp images, they are perched in oddball positions reminiscent of the black-and-white line drawings of Aubrey Beardsley
, hinting at the sensuous intrigue of Gustav Klimt and Georges Seurat.
I travelled to Menton to meet her, and paid my respects at Le Gallienne's hard by that of Aubrey Beardsley
, high on a hilltop overlooking grave, the sparkling blue Mediterranean.
It also demonstrates for the first time the impact that Pre-Raphaelite drawing had upon turn-of-the-century British art movements such as Aestheticism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau, displaying work by later artists influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, such as Aubrey Beardsley
Sidney Sime (1867-1941), nurtured at the Liverpool School of Art, is one such neglected painter, despite being compared to Aubrey Beardsley
, William Blake and Goya.
The catalogue offers full-page color plates of Evans's exquisite photos, which include a number of portraits, among them a full-length portrait of George Bernard Shaw, and a profile of Aubrey Beardsley
In 1893, the play was published in French simultaneously in France and England with drawings by the artist Aubrey Beardsley
Melville says that the magazine "was a beacon, an absolute necessity" in bringing in new writing, new ideas, and new art--including the great Aubrey Beardsley
The iconography of many of these posters hints at the likes of James Tissot, Gustave Dore, Thomas Cole, Aubrey Beardsley
, and Michelangelo.
It would surely be shaming today not to have heard of, say, Aubrey Beardsley
or Oscar Wilde or Edward Elgar, but ignorance of the name of their contemporary Harrison Townsend is somehow acceptable.