Although Beardsley was foremost a decorative illustrator, he depicted the physically monstrous and assorted polymorphous perversities.
The Pre-Raphaelite artist mixed horror and decadence to create a feeling of unnaturalness.
PARIS — Georges Bataille, in The Accursed Share, said that if the Marquis de Sade had not existed, he would have had to been invented.
Conservators have discovered an entire wall painting done by five Pre-Raphaelite artists in a house in a London suburb. The building, known as the Red House, was the home of Arts and Crafts movement founder William Morris between 1860 and 1865; sometime during those years, Morris completed the painting in collaboration with artists Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Elizabeth Siddal (Rossetti’s wife), and Ford Madox Brown.