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Aubrey Beardsley, dandy of the grotesque.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1995
|Named Person:||Aubrey Beardsley; Aubrey Beardsley; Aubrey Beardsley|
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|Description:||xix, 338 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.|
In this book, Snodgrass analyzes a wide range of Beardsley's most characteristic work, and establishes Beardsley's assumptions about the underlying nature of his world. Snodgrass argues that Beardsley's pictures 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. Further, 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 world inescapably "de-formed." He is a Dandy of the Grotesque.