Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898)

Oct 13, 2020 - Jan 10, 2021


The exhibition celebrates the brief but astonishing career of English illustrator and engraver Aubrey Beardsley.

Although he died at the young age of twenty-five, Beardsley produced hundreds of illustrations for books, periodicals, and posters in a short seven-year career. Following his first major commission: the illustration of Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory, he achieves fame by illustrating Oscar Wilde’s controversial play Salomé. 

His elegant, black-and-white lithographs are highly distinctive, easily reproduced, and widely circulated throughout England and Europe. They depict his strange, erotic, and sometimes perverse vision of the world.

This first monograph dedicated to Beardsley in France displays over a hundred drawings that document a wide range of influences, from Pre-Raphaelite painters to Japonism and brilliantly reveals his unrivaled skill as a draftsman.


Leïla Jarbouai, Graphic arts Curator at the Musée d’Orsay
Élise Dubreuil, Decorative arts Curator at the Musée d’Orsay
Caroline Corbeau-Parsons, Curator, Bristish Art 1850-1915 at the Tate Britain, London

Exhibition organized by the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris, and the Tate Britain, London
Exhibition presented at the  Tate Britain from March 4 to September 12, 2020

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