This work, like many of Beardsley's drawings of this period the picture is highly stylised. A solid black mass envelops the lower half of the room and seems about to consume the figure. The most carefully realised passages in the drawing are the objects on the dressing table and the floral pattern of the wallpaper.
La Dame aux Camélias
27.9 x 18.1 cm
Ink and watercolour on paper
Date of work
Original: Ink and watercolour on paper, 27.9 x 18.1 cm, Tate, Presented by Colonel James Lister Melvill at the request of his brother, Harry Edward Melvill
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.