The Museum of Fine Arts hosted an opening reception of “Aubrey Beardsley: The Aesthetics of Decadence and the Line Block Print” on Friday, October 13th from 6:00-8:00pm. The fantastic imagination and graphic sensibilities of Aubrey Beardsley are represented by selections from the collection of Patrick M. Rowe. Dr. Rowe has shared his many collecting interests with us in the past: WWII artifacts; Alphonse Mucha prints and drawings; Hokusai prints and books; and works by Honoré Daumier. Each exhibition venture was an historic assembly presented to audiences at the MoFA venue.
MoFA’s normal hours are M-F 9-4, Sat and Sun 1-4. The Museum will be closed closed November 10 for Veterans Day. The exhibition runs October 13-November 9. Admission is FREE and open to the public! For information about the MoFA’s opening hours, location, and parking, visit 0ur website.
The Artist died at 25 years of age of ill health and at the close of the Victorian era. His black and white drawings were concepts of the aesthetic mode of “decadence,” a stylish iconography of subject matter and imagery that was widely available through the many publications of the popular press consisting of magazines and printing houses commissioning his illustrations. Oscar Wilde wrote in 1896: “He brought a strangely new personality to English art, and was a master in his way of fantastic grace, and the charm of the unreal. His muse had moods of terrible laughter. Behind his grotesques there seemed to lurk some curious philosophy.”
A catalogue of exhibition is available with notes written by Dr. Rowe for nearly 150 images by Beardsley and with essays by Sara Smith and Christina Glover.