Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Born Too Soon : #1 - Aubrey Beardsley

Today the start of a new series (maybe) of posts about people who should have been born in the internet age. More specifically, "Great /b/tards From History": people who would have shone as creators of original content, contributors of fresh ideas, or as consummate trolls, on <a certain image board>.

We've been ripping off his work for the past week, so it's only fitting that we start with Aubrey Beardsley.

Which board shall I raid next?

Beardsley was born in 1872 in the English sea-side town of Brighton (or Soddom-on-Sea). Though he was only 25 when he died (of tuberculosis), his work had a lasting impact on the Art Nouveau movement and on graphic art to this day. Jimmy Wales describes his work as "influenced by the style of Japanese woodcuts, emphasizing the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic." which is about as good a description of <a certain image board> as you could hope to coin.

The Toilet of Lampito - now we've used all his Lysistrata prints. C-C-C-COMBO.

The great tragedy of Beardsley's life wasn't his early death. Neither was it his persecution for his personal life (he was in Oscar Wilde's circle and no doubt vice versa). It wasn't even the fact that he died 100 years before the internet. The real tragedy is that he didn't have access to Photoshop (or GIMP).

We can only imagine what he might have accomplished if he could knock out a meme template in ten minutes rather than scratching away with pen and ink for days.



If you want to know what Beardsley may have sounded like, click on the link and listen to "If You're Anxious To Shine" from Patience by Gilbert and Sullivan. In an choice example of life imitating art, Wilde modeled his public persona on the character "Bunthorne" - a high-camp member of the Aesthetic movement.



P.S. If you're over 18 and confident in your sexuality, you can see the originals of Beardsley's illustrations for Aristophanes' play "Lysistrata"  here.

37 comments:

  1. hmm, i wonder what he could have done if he did have photoshop.

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  2. Wow, that actually made me sad.

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  3. his stuff would sell like hot cakes at hot topic.

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  4. so hes the one where you get your pics from? awesome.

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  5. You're right, though, it's almost scary to imagine what past artists could pull off with photoshop.

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  6. Hahah Art Nouveau is my favorite movement in art because of the artists' of the movement's commitment to bringing art into the everyday life of regular people. The movement inspired my only tattoo.

    Grotesque, decadent, erotic, certainly describes the Beardsley sketches, as well as . I love it.

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  7. Interesting stuff, haha.
    Following :]

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  8. I checked the link to his original works. I still don't know how I feel about those drawings.

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  9. Have you ever wondered how many people in history would be like if they lived their lives in the modern world?

    Imagine how hard it would be for someone like Beethoven to be famous in our time.

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  10. An early death is such a blessing.

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  11. yeah they say....shine twice as bright half the time........

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  12. looks like the poetry thing fucked both of us in the butthole... maybe me a bit more than you.

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  13. Great post. Good stuff...he'd been great living in this era.

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  14. Sucio knows about poetry, Apocalypse must be around the corner

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  15. The Lysistrata prints use such strange drawing styles to character humans.

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  16. hahahah, buff your muff with our stuff. i need to remember that, for use in conversation :)

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  17. There are some artists that simply exist to push buttons.

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  18. sounds like Moot in a past life... the buff the muff pic had me cracking up hahah

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  19. So these are where these pictures are coming from! They are illustrations of Aubrey Beardsley :D

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  20. Those illustrations are awesome. I love things like that and I'd never even heard of Beardsley. Thank you for enlightening me :)

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  21. Impressive, really. :) never heard of before though

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  22. HAHA! looking forward to the rest of this series

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