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'Messalina Returning From The Bath' was created in 1897 for the 'Satire of Juvenal' 1897 when Beardsley was only 24 years old.
This odd print features a grumpy Messalina and it was later revised to include two figures; as he was not at all happy with the finished piece.

This original 8" x 10.5 print is from 1965; printed on heavy paper and is in lovely condition. It's tanned just a tiny bit to a light ecru color (think pale vanilla ice cream) and it would be simply fabulous matted in a bright color and framed in either black or gold.
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Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (21 August 1872 – 16 March 1898) was a popular and controversial British illustrator and author best known for his use of starkly contrasting and intricate black and white designs and for his caustic commentary on the society and the morality of his time of which he was a keen observer.

Most of his drawings were executed in jet black ink on white paper. Beardsley was clearly influenced by the style of Japanese woodcuts. His subjects emphasized the beautiful, the grotesque, the decadent and the erotic.

Beardsley was a leading figure in the Aesthetic Art Movement of the late 1800s which also included the works of Oscar Wilde (whom he very much disliked,) Edgar Allan Poe, Harry Clarke and James A. McNeill Whistler.

Beardsley's contribution to the development of the Art Nouveau style and the poster movement was hugely significant, despite the brevity of his brilliant artistic career before his untimely death from tuberculosis at only 25 years old.
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Messalina Returning From The Bath by Aubrey Beardsley 1897 Vintage Illustration

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  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: paper, ephemera, ink
  • Feedback: 3008 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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