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1) Aubrey Vincent Beardsley, 21 August 1872 to 16 March 1898 (age 25), was an English illustrator and author. He was a leading figure in the aesthetic movement, including Oscar Wilde and James Whistler.
2) His black ink drawings were influenced by Japanese woodcuts, and depicted the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic. He is one of the important Modern Style (British Art Nouveau style) figures.
3) Beardsley's contribution to the development of the Art Nouveau and poster styles was significant despite his early death from tuberculosis.
4) He was a public as well as private eccentric. He said "I have one aim - the grotesque. If I am not grotesque, I am nothing." Wilde described him, "A face like a silver hatchet, and grass green hair."
5) During his entire career, Beardsley had recurrent attacks of tuberculosis. He suffered frequent lung hemorrhage and often was unable to work or leave his home.
6) In 2019 the National Leather Association International established an award named after Beardsley for creators of abstract erotic art.
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