The Toilet (1895-96) by Aubrey Beardsley

The Toilet - Beardsley, Aubrey - 1895-96 - 2

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TitleThe Toilet
ArtistAubrey Beardsley
MediumThe Toilet
Art MovementArt Nouveau
Current LocationFrom The Rape of the Lock
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About The Toilet

Aubrey Beardsley’s drawing, The Toilet, is an illustration from Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock. Created in 1895-96, it portrays Belinda, the heroine of the poem, in a boudoir setting while emphasizing her contrived beauty. The Toilet is part of a series of illustrations made by Beardsley for editions of Pope’s poem that were published between 1896 and 1906.

Beardsley was known for his distinctive black and white drawings that brought him notoriety in the 1890s. His artwork emphasized the grotesque, decadent, and erotic themes which perfectly captured his era’s aesthetic movement. Although he died at only 25 years old due to tuberculosis complications, his influence on illustration art was groundbreaking.

The Toilet is one of three significant illustrations by Beardsley that was created for Pope’s poem; two other works being The Toilet of Salome and The Toilet of Lampito. Both are also highly popular among art enthusiasts worldwide. These artworks have become synonymous with the brilliance and decadence associated with Beardsley’s life and work during this time period.

In summary, The Toilet by Aubrey Beardsley is an iconic illustration from Alexander Pope’s epic poem The Rape of the Lock. Famous for its depiction of contrived beauty within a boudoir setting and use of distinctive black lines contrasting with white sheet paper. It represents one part of a larger group featuring Pope poems illustrated by the artist himself who mastered pushing artistic boundaries during that time period despite dying young as well demonstrating how talented illustrators truly can be even if their lifespan doesn’t match their contributions to art history literature altogether – showcasing how art can live on beyond death itself like memories through individuals who appreciate them to this day!

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