(1872-1898) An English illustrator and artist famous for black-ink drawings against a white background, Beardsley’s work is associated with both the Art Nouveau and Aesthetic movements.
The most controversial artist of the era, erotica dominated Beardsley’s later work. Amazingly his work was produced in a few short years; he died of tuberculosis in 1898 at the age of 25.
The work of Beardsley has enjoyed several revivals and has influenced many contemporary artists; many of his designs have been rendered into tattoos. Somehow, I suspect he would be pleased. Reproductions of his art can be found in books, on-line, and on calendars, postcards, posters, fine art prints…and body parts.