15 Dec → 10 Jan 2021
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Aubrey Beardsley (1872 - 1898) is one of the mythical artists of fin-de-siècle England. Dandy and modernist, frequenting Oscar Wilde and avant-garde circles, he was an illustrator and died at the age of 25 in full ascension. However, his prolific work marked the London art scene of the 1890s, then in full emulation. In this exhibition, produced in collaboration with the Tate Britain, the Musée d'Orsay looks back at Beardsley's dazzling and no less brilliant career. With about a hundred drawings, original editions of illustrations and a selection of posters, it presents this extraordinary figure: from the illustration of Thomas Mallory's The Death of Arthur, which made him famous, to the graphic signature of his magazine The Yellow Book, which inked his modernist positions, to his most famous engravings for Oscar Wilde's Salome. In black and white, in a unique style, his lively and virtuoso drawings depict a strange, erotic and non-conformist universe. With Beardsley's work, it is fin-de-siècle England that is illustrated here.