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Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (1872-1898)
Aubrey Beardsley was born in Brighton, England. Beardsley's images are usually done in ink, and feature large dark areas contrasted with large blank ones, and areas of fine detail contrasted with areas with none at all. Beardsley illustrated Oscar Wilde's Salomé and produced illustrations for a deluxe edition of Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur. Beardsley also wrote Under the Hill, an unfinished erotic tale based loosely on the legend of Tannhäuser.
Billet
Dream
Tannhauser
Herodias
Merlin and Nimue
Caprice. Verso
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Caprice. Verso: Masked Woman with a White Mouse  circa 1894

Oil on canvas
Tat Museum, purchased 1923

This is the only known oil painting by Beardsley and comprises two unfinished pictures on one canvas. Caprice, in which a woman is being led through a doorway by a sinister dwarf, derives from the drawing Comedy Ballet of Marionettes I which appeared in the Yellow Book in 1894.  

On the back of this work is a drawing called, Woman with a White Mouse, which may have been influenced by the early work of William Rothenstein, with whom Beardsley shared a studio and whose pictures are inhabited by similarly bold and gloomy forms.
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