Aubrey Vincent Beardsley

English graphic artist. Beardsley’s linear style, rendered in pen and ink, was among the earliest manifestations of mature Art Nouveau. He came to widespread attention through his illustrations for Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur in 1893 and 1894. His 1894 illustrations for Oscar Wilde’s play Salome remain his most famous work; in the same year he became art editor of the Yellow Book, the flagship of the Aesthetic Movement in London. By 1896 Beardsley had adopted a more intricate manner to depict the finery and decadence of eighteenth-century France. In 1897 the tuberculosis he had suffered from since childhood worsened, leading to his death at the age of twenty-five.