Art of the Day: Aubrey Beardsley, “The Fourth Tableau of Das Rheingold”, 1896

  December 11th, 2010

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       Aubrey Beardsley, The Fourth Tableau of Das Rheingold, 1896


I like the triumphant turn of the Rodin’s-Balzac back, the highly stylized body-hair tufts that Beardsley so loves — here rising tongue-flames, elsewhere gentle pendant grape-clouds. I love the row of trees in the distance mirroring the figure’s extended left arm. And the voluptuous flourishes of line down the front of the figure’s body, at first seeming to be drapery & then looking like some artful-surgical skin/musculature peelback, extending from the right knee in wild vivisect.

More of Beardsley’s art at Artchive
All writing © copyright C. Way / 2010

[posted by C Way at 12:44 PM]


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