Scandal & Beauty: Mark Gatiss on Aubrey Beardsley 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.