Jacques-Émile Blanche, Aubrey Vincent Beardsley,  1895, Oil on canvas

It is startling to realize that if Aubrey Beardsley had been fortunate enough to live out his biblical three score years and ten, he would have survived well into the Second World War. What might not he, the contemporary of Matisse, Picasso, Picabia, Marinetti, and Braque, have achieved? But Beardsley came of age, flourished, and died in the 1890s, and thus it is with the Nineties—the “mauve decade”—that he will...

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