Musée d'Orsay: Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898)

Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898)

Frédérick Evans
 The illustrator Aubrey Beardsley, side view, chin in hands
 Platinum print
 H. 15; W. 10 cm
 Paris, Musée d'Orsay
Frédérick EvansThe illustrator Aubrey Beardsley© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Christian Jean
The English illustrator and engraver Aubrey Beardsley died aged twenty five. Yet his career was no less prolific.

He received his first major commission at he age of twenty: the illustration of the Le Morte d'Arthur by Thomas Malory. His work quickly became known through publications. His creations for Oscar Wilde’s Salomé are among his most famous.

His vivid and elegant drawings, depicting a strange, erotic and sometimes perverse universe, reflect the vision of the world held by this original figure in late 19th century England.

The first monograph dedicated to Beardsley in France, the exhibition will reveal some one hundred drawings that clearly distinguish his influences, from Pre-Raphaelite painters to Japanism, and his stylistic evolutions.


Leïla Jarbouai, graphic arts curator at the Musée d'Orsay, Elise Dubreuil, decorative arts curator at the Musée d'Orsay, Caroline Corbeau-Parsons, Curator, British Art 1850-1915 at Tate Britain

Exhibition organised by the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris, and the Tate Britain, London.

Exhibition presented at the Tate Britain from 4 March to12 September 2020

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13 October 2020 - 10 January 2021
Musée d'Orsay

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