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.