This is the only known oil painting by Beardsley and, unusually, it comprises two pictures on the one canvas. His work alighted on the perverse and erotic aspects of life and legend, shocking audiences with a bizarre sense of humour and fascination with the grotesque.
Caprice. Verso: Masked Woman with a White Mouse
76.2 x 63.5 cm
Oil paint on canvas
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 76.2 x 63.5 cm Tate. Purchased 1923
Aubrey Beardsley (1872-98) was a draughtsman and illustrator, perhaps best remembered for his powerful illustrations of Oscar Wilde’s controversial play Salomé. Although he died tragically young at the age of just 25, he was prolific in his work, producing hundreds of illustrations for books, periodicals and posters in a career spanning just under seven years. He explored the erotic and the elegant, the humorous and grotesque, winning admirers around the world with his distinctive style.