Sep 21, 2011

Isolde

The Studio

Isolde

1895

Aubrey Beardsley

(British, 1872-1898)

printer

William Griggs

(British, 1832-1911)

Color lithograph

Support: Wove paper

Image: 22.8 x 14.2 cm (9 x 5 9/16 in.); Sheet: 28.5 x 20.4 cm (11 1/4 x 8 1/16 in.)

Gift of John Bonebrake 2010.651

Location

Did you know?

Aubrey Beardsley died unexpectedly at the age of just 25, at the height of his popularity, of tuberculosis.

Description

This print depicts Isolde, the female protagonist of a medieval romance centered on an adulterous love triangle. Aubrey Beardsley frequently drew from literature in his artwork, whether as illustrations or independent works of art. He became immensely popular during the 1890s, when this work was made, for his characteristically stark, sinuous, and linear style. Although Beardsley's images often accompanied text in books, this print was published by the popular British art journal The Studio as a bonus for its readers.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Lithograph
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print

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