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Bons Mots and Grotesques

Bons Mots and Grotesques

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Publication Date: March 19th, 2020
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"To critics who said that the full-lipped so-called 'Beardsley mouth', which adorned many of his women, was inexpressive and ugly, the artist countered, 'Well, let them criticise. It's my mouth and not theirs. I like big mouths. People like the little mouth – the Dolly Varden mouth, if that describes it better. A big mouth is the sign of character and strength. Look at Ellen Terry with her great, strong mouth. In fact, I haven't any patience with small-mouthed people.'"

And other witty, urbane insights on life, art, and culture from one of the most influential artists in the aesthetic movement. Here they are illustrated with selected drawings from his Grotesques series, which showcase both his creativity and his command of line.

About the Author

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (21 August 1872 – 16 March 1898) was an English illustrator and author, and despite his brief career a key figure in the development of art nouveau. His drawings, whether decadent, grotesque or erotic, stretched understandings of the power of line and what could be done in black and white.