Aubrey Vincent Beardsley Quotes

Ones ears are weary of the voice of the art teacher who sits like the parrot on his perch, learning the jargon of the studios, making but poor copy and calling it criticism. We have had enough of their omniscience, their parade of technical knowledge, and their predilection for the wrong end of the stick.

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley

Advertisement is an absolute necessity of modern life, and if it can be made beautiful as well as obvious, so much the better for the makers of soap and the public who are likely to wash.

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley

I have always done my sketches, as people would say, for the fun of it... I have worked to amuse myself, and if it has amused the public as well, so much the better for me.

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley

Of course, I have one aim, the grotesque. If I am not grotesque I am nothing.

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley

I think the title page I drew for Salom was after all "impossible". You see booksellers couldn't stick it up in their windows.

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley

I shall not live much longer than did Keats.

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley

Im so affected, that even my lungs are affected.

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley

It takes only one man to make an artist, but forty to make an Academician.

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley

All humanity inspires me. Every passer-by is my unconscious sitter; and as strange as it may seem, I really draw folk as I see them. Surely it is not my fault that they fall into certain lines and angles.

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley

How few of our young English impressionists knew the difference between a palette and a picture! However, I believe that Walter Sickert did sly dog!

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley

Pope has more virulence and less vehemence than any of the great satirists. His character of Sporus is the perfection of satirical writing. The very sound of words scarify before the sense strikes.

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley

When an Englishman has professed his belief in the supremacy of Shakespeare amongst all poets, he feels himself excused from the general study of literature. He also feels himself excused from the particular study of Shakespeare.

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley

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