Aubrey Beardsley Biography
Birthday: August 21, 1872 (Leo)
Born In: Brighton, England
Aubrey Beardsley was an English illustrator, author, and caricaturist, best known for his signature style of drawing in black ink, inspired by Japanese woodcuts. His first commission was for ‘Le Morte d'Arthur’ by Thomas Malory. He also wrote an unfinished novel named ‘Under the Hill,’ which was published in his magazine ‘The Savoy.’ Two of his other famous works were ‘The Woman in the Moon’ and ‘The Peacock Skirt,’ both for Oscar Wilde’s ‘Salomé.’ His works showcased the dark erotic themes of the Decadent era. He was a prominent figure of the Aesthetic movement, along with luminaries such as Oscar Wilde. Aubrey contributed to the evolution of the Art Nouveau and the poster style of art. Unfortunately, his illustrious career was cut short by his death from tuberculosis at the tender age of 25.