Aubrey Beardsley, Dandy of the Grotesque by Chris SnodgrassAubrey Beardsley, Dandy of the Grotesque by Chris Snodgrass

Aubrey Beardsley, Dandy of the Grotesque

byChris Snodgrass

Hardcover | June 1, 1995

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This book analyzes a wide range of Beardsley's most characteristic work. It establishes his assumptions about the underlying nature of his world, and clarifies why so many observers have considered Beardsley's art indispensable to understanding fin-de-siecle Victorian culture. Beardsley'spictures present a dialogue between seemingly polarized impulses: a desire to scandalize and destabilize the old order, and, equally strong, a need to affirm traditional authority. Beardsley depicted various grotesque shapes, caricatures, and mutated figures, including foetus/old man, dwarf, Clown, Harlequin, Pierrot, and dandy (the icon of the Decadent "Religion of Art"). Incarnating the fearful contradictions of decadence, these images served as objective correlatives ofsome "monstrous" metaphysical contortion. His grotesques suggest the impossibility of resolving these contradictions, even as his elegant designs try formalistically to control and recuperate the disfiguration. As a canonical style, Beardsley's "dandy" sensibility and grotesque caricatures become his means of realigning canonical meaning. Thus, he effects what might be termed a "caricature" of traditional signification. An aesthete devoted to the "Religion of Art", Beardsley, nonetheless, creates a worldinescapably "de-formed". He is a Dandy of the Grotesque.
Chris Snodgrass is at University of Florida.
Title:Aubrey Beardsley, Dandy of the GrotesqueFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.5 × 0 inPublished:June 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195090624

ISBN - 13:9780195090628

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"Snodgrass's book...performs a most valuable function not only in providing new ways of looking at Beardsley's images, but also in provoking us to think about how properly to theorize the "postmodern" element of modernism."--Victorian Studies