Aubrey Beardsley, Dandy of the Grotesque

Aubrey Beardsley, Dandy of the Grotesque

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This book analyses Beardsley's most characteristic works, clarifying why his art is indispensable to understanding fin-de-siecle Victorian culture. Beardsley's various grotesque figures serve as emblems of 'monstrous' metaphysical contortion, even as his elegant designs simultaneously recuperate such dislocations formalistically. Alternating between an urge to outrage and a craving for authority, Beardsley's elegant designs and 'dandy' sensibility effect what might be called a 'caricature' of traditional canonical meaning.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 358 pages
  • 162.56 x 241.3 x 33.02mm | 884.5g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • frontispiece, halftones and line illustrations throughout
  • 0195090624
  • 9780195090628

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...densely packed and theoretically sophisticated study of Beardsley. * London Review of Books *show more

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