From the French lithographic series Les Affiches Etrangeres Illustrees comes this beautifully evocative and rare piece by 19th Century English artist Aubrey Beardsley.
Titled Pseudonym/Autonym it is an advertising poster for the Libraries of the book publisher T. Fisher Unwin of London, and was acquired to appear in limited edition (1025) in this series in miniature format.
Designed originally with the graphic on the left side only and the right hand side left plain for the text to be added. Several versions of this poster were issued with differing text.
The Les Affiches Etrangeres series presented a selection of the greatest posters of La Belle Epoque, by foreign artists, in reduced size, to the avid collectors of Paris during 1897, in a limited edition of 1025 each.
While he is probably one of the most easily recognizable artists of his period, Beardsley had a very short creative life. His working period spanned only 6 years and he was dead from consumption at 26. This makes his early pieces issued during his lifetime extremely valuable and highly collectible. The original design is part of a unique print collection at London's famous Victoria and Albert Museum. See picture 2.
Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (1872 - 1898) was a leading figure in the Aesthetic movement and his drawings, influenced by Japanese woodblock prints, emphasized the grotesque, the decadent and the erotic.
The sheet measures 81/2" x 12" and the subject is 5 1/2" x 8 1/2".
Signed in Plate. Printed on fine Vellum paper stock by Chaix (the father of color printing ~ Jules Cheret) Paris and Edited by G Boudet, it is in A+ Condition. Please email me if you would like more photographs.
I have the companion Lithograph to this one listed as well. #RL00120. Framed as a pair they would make a stunning statement side by side on the wall. I would consider a 'special' price for the pair. Please contact me via email.
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