The largest exhibition of his drawings for 50 years
Aubrey Beardsley shocked and delighted late-Victorian London with his sinuous black and white drawings. He explored the erotic and the elegant, the humorous and grotesque, winning admirers around the world with his distinctive style.
Spanning seven years, this exhibition will cover Beardsley’s intense and prolific career as a draughtsman and illustrator, cut short by his untimely death from tuberculosis at the age of 25. Beardsley’s charismatic persona played a part in the phenomenon that he and his art generated, so much so that the 1890s were dubbed the ‘Beardsley Period’.
This will be the first exhibition dedicated to Beardsley at Tate since 1923, and the largest display of his original drawings in Europe since the seminal 1966 exhibition at the V&A, which triggered a Beardsley revival.
The over 200 works include his celebrated illustrations for Le Morte d’Arthur, Lysistrata and Oscar Wilde’s Salomé. It will also show artworks that were key inspirations for Beardsley, including Japanese scrolls and watercolours by Edward Burne-Jones and Gustave Moreau. Right
Tate Britain Millbank
London SW1P 4RG
Plan your visit
4 March – 25 May 2020
Tate Britain is open until 22.00 on the first Friday of every month (except January) for Late at Tate Britain
£16 / FREE for Members
Family child 12–18 years £5
Under 12s FREE (up to four per family adult)
16–25? Join Tate Collective for £5 tickets
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Content guidance: Many of Aubrey Beardsley’s works use deliberately provocative imagery, including nudity and sexually explicit content