Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Line blemish: Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley in the Pushkin Museum – Your Leisure

23 сентября 2014 г.

The next exhibition in the Year of Russia in Britain opened at the Pushkin Museum. It focuses on two British era of decadence – Beardsley and Wilde. The most famous of its exhibits will illustrate the first to “Salome” second.

Aubrey Beardsley. Screensaver to chapter T. Malory “Death of Arthur»

Photo: Press office of the Pushkin Museum. Pushkin

Oscar Wilde wrote “Salome” in 1891 – and it was one of the most controversial of his works, as well as a product that has become a symbol of the era of decadence. A few years later Aubrey Beardsley illustration created for her, making scandalous reputation firmly established definitively plays – such sinister and seductive pictures were Beardsley. Graphic quality, which appeared in his work under the influence of Japanese calligraphy, shocking manner mixed with undisguised sensuality is not just human figures, but sometimes even simple lines. Salome in these figures dancing topless and in transparent trousers, though descended from the scaffold Parisian cabaret, and a hat with peacock feathers in her – all the rage. The era of decadence, the era of “the end of the century», Fin de siècle, got its reference product.

Aubrey Beardsley. Screensaver to chapter T. Malory “Death of Arthur»

Photo: Press office of the Pushkin Museum. Pushkin

What was the time – Fin de siècle? It was not just a calendar end of the XIX century. This was the end of life. About World War I and the inevitable industrialization, which equilibrate one size fits all, no one could guess, but somehow this tragedy intellectuals sensed. The definition of “end of the age” and “decadence” (ie, “decline”), they came up about themselves. For us it was the “Silver Age”, for which, according to mythology, the earth comes the dreaded “The Age of Iron».

Miss (Anna Vladimirovna Remizova- Vasiliev). Scene with Piero

Photo: Press office of the Pushkin Museum. Pushkin

Writers, artists and actors who inhabited world capitals, lived each day as the last. Atmosphere supplemented with finesse and pessimism, feelings were sharpened, the fast life cause fatigue and satiety, but no one stopped her burn. Absinthe was popular wine, and gold and silver cigarette cases kokainnitsy were more common. The idea that art does not depend on morality, and all immoral acceptable, as long as it was elegant, reigned everywhere. Esthete, dandy was a god of androgen – the standard of beauty.

Aubrey Beardsley was also a dandy – one of the “kings of dandies,” he wore in his buttonhole faded rose and caused the French police doubts about your gender. He failed to produce so many rumors and scandals, as his co-author on “Salome” by Oscar Wilde – not in time. In 1898, he was burned from tuberculosis – he was only 25 years old. And he put a terrible diagnosis as early as 7 years of age – and Beardsley his brief, but filled to overflowing creativity of life lived with the thought of imminent demise. Before his death, he asked a friend to destroy his last work, the illustrations for obscene Aristophanes’ comedy Lysistrata, “but rather one to save them for history.

Sergei Pavlovich Lodygin . XX century

Photo: Press office of the Pushkin Museum. Pushkin

At the exhibition we will see the Russian and British art magazines, which worked Beardsley, Wilde, and their followers in different countries, books and autographs Wilde, photographs and archival materials. Of course, there will be and the famous illustrations for “Salome” and another one hundred and fifty pieces of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Tate Gallery, the British Museum and the London Portrait Gallery. For the Russian part of the exhibition meet Tretyakov Gallery, the Russian Museum, as well as theater museums – Bakhrushin and the Bolshoi Theatre.

The exhibition “Oscar Wilde. Aubrey Beardsley. A View from Russia “works in the Gallery of European countries and the United States (st. Volhonka, 14) of the State Museum of Fine Arts. AS Pushkin from September 23 until November 16.

Description: Sophia Ponomareva



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