13th September 2013
Although Aubrey Beardsley did not find it easy to forge a living, financially, as an artist, he made a big impact artistically, as an illustrator and poster designer. Beardsley was an important figure in the development of the Art Nouveau style, which emerged at the end of the nineteenth century.
Although he was fundamentally very influenced by the work of William Morris and the PreRaphaelites, Beardsley quickly developed his own, individual, black and white style using pen and ink. In this, Beardsley was influenced by the style of Japanese woodcuts which were just becoming widely known about in the West.