Scandal & Beauty: Mark Gatiss on Aubrey Beardsley TV - Beardsley and His Work TV -
As a deeply pretentious young man I was obsessed with late Victoriana: gaslit streets and Conan Doyle’s London, the decadent world of Oscar Wilde. And the shockingly beautiful and the beautifully shocking artworks from Aubrey Beardsley. Scandal & Beauty: Mark Gatiss on Aubrey Beardsley, BBC 2020, Getiss
The critics were complaining about Mr Beardley’s disgusting women. ibid.
His romantically brief life – dead at 25, an artistic career of just six years cut short by tuberculosis. ibid.
The Victorian & Albert museum where in 1966 the first major retrospective of his work caused a sensation. ibid.
Beardsley himself must have been hugely proud of this picture [first], because he presented it was a gift to Edward Burne-Jones, the artists who had perhaps inspired him more than any other when he was growing up. ibid.
A dramatic new influence on Beardsley’s work: Japanese art. ibid.
Salome: Beardsley conjured some of the defining images of the decade … Salome caused exactly the sensation Beardsley had anticipated. ibid.
A bold new quarterly magazine: The Yellow Book. ibid.
‘I think what’s special about Beardsley is his idiosyncrasy. If you see a Beardsley, you never forget it.’ ibid. Chris Riddell, Illustrator
Beardsley felt able to return to London from his self-imposed exile. ibid.
You know his work even if you’ve never heard his name. He was notorious when he was working in the 1890s. He became a cult figure again during the 1960s. Beardsley and His Work, BBC 1982
He died in 1898 before his 26th birthday. ibid.
Beardsley relished rows and notoriety. ibid.
The most notorious and fateful of all Beardsley’s publications was his edition of Salome by Oscar Wilde. ibid.