Aubrey Beardsley – Artwork and Bio of English Artist

Aubrey Beardsley was an English illustrator and author born in Sussex, England, on 21 August 1872. Aubrey was very talented from a young age; he was musically gifted and played at concerts with his sister. Beardsley started to draw in primary school, and his works were published in school magazines. In 1892, he studied at the Westminister School of Art for a few months before becoming a professional artist.

Beardsley worked on over 300 illustrations, including numerous book commissions. Aubrey produced cover designs for The Yellow Book magazine, which he co-founded and was the art editor for a while. Aubrey developed a relationship with the Irish playwright & author Oscar Wilde and worked on a few projects with him, including his famous play, Salome.

Aubrey Beardsley was diagnosed with tuberculosis at the age of 6. However, he had an eventful and controversial career spanning six years. Aubrey fell critically ill when he was seventeen and died in France on 16 March 1898.

What was Aubrey Beardsley Known For?

Aubrey Beardsley was best known for his illustrations. Aubrey was multi-talented; he was a musical prodigy and wrote poems even as an established artist. Beardsley’s art was associated with demonic themes and moral decadence; his association with Oscar Wilde also brought his sexuality to question.

Who was Aubrey Beardsley Influenced By?

Aubrey Beardsley was influenced by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, who put in a good word to ensure his admission at Westminister and urged the artist to consider art professionally. Other influences are Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and Professor Fred Brown, his tutor while in school.

What Art Movement was Aubrey Beardsley Associated With?

Aubrey Beardsley was associated with the Aestheticism art movement, and he is a dominant figure in this movement. Aubrey’s work also portrays elements of the Art Nouveau style.

Aubrey Beardsley’s Artwork

Below are some of the artworks of Aubrey Beardsley.

“The toilet” from an Epic Poem by Alexander Pope




A nightpiece


A  repetition of Tristam and Isolde

Design for the frontispiece to ‘Plays’ by John Davidson




How Morgan Le Fay gave a shield to Sir Tristam


How Queen Guenever made her a nun


How Sir Tristram drank of the love drink


Illustration to ‘Siegfried’ . Act II


Lucians strange creatures


The battle of the Beaux and the Belles




The dancer’s reward


The lady with the monkey

The peacock skirt


The return of Tannhauser to the Venusberg


The slippers of Cinderella


Title page of ‘The Savoy’ , No 1


Venus between terminal gods

Virgilius the sorcerer

All Aubrey Beardsley Artwork on Artchive

Artwork Name Year Medium
Enter Herodias 1893
The Stomach Dance 1893
The Toilet 1894 The Toilet
Cover Design For Smithers' Catalogue Of Rare Books 1896
Madame Rejane 1894
The Dream 1895-96
The Billet-doux 1895-96
The Ascension Of St. Rose Of Lima 1896
The Climax 1893
The Coiffing 1896 Lithograph
The Peacock Skirt 1893 graphite,Ink on Paper
Frontispiece for Venus and Tannhauser 1895 pen,ink
The Fourth Tableau of Das Rheingold 1896
Contents Page of The Savoy No. 1 Lithograph
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