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The Beardsley Industry: The Critical Reception in England and France from 1893 to 1914

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In this, the first book to examine the critical reception accorded Beardsley's work, Jane Haville Desmarais examines the vast body of critical writing to illuminate not only how Beardsley's controversial reputation was formed but also to cast light on two key issues in art history and literary studies, the relationship between word and image, and between critical response and national identity.
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A specialist in the late 19th century, Desmarais (English and art history, U. of London) contrasts the two very different reactions to the English artist on different sides of the channel. In England, she argues, he was admired for his technical skill but embodied for critics the fears and anxieties of the fin de seecle. In France, she finds he was considered an heir to the pre-Raphaelites and became influential through the Symbolists, especially Robert de Montesquiou. The black-and-white illustrations include Beardsley's work, contemporary art, and journalistic representations of him. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840142051
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/17/1998
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.57 (w) x 9.45 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
1 The Beardsley Industry 1
2 Aubrey constructs Beardsley 29
3 Absinthe and artifice 52
4 English art and French resistance: 1893-1914 71
3 The last Pre-Raphaelite 80
6 Beardsley and the Symbolists 104
7 Robert de Montesquiou and the 'perverse idol' 117
Appendices 131
I Comparison of the critical responses to Beardsley's work in England and France, 1893-1914 132
II Exhibitions of Beardsley's drawings, 1893-1914 149
Select Bibliography 152
Index 161
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