Isolde by Aubrey Beardsley
British artist Aubrey Beardsley favored literary themes in his work, and this one features Isolde, the subject of a well-known Celtic medieval legend. Isolde is shown drinking a love potion that will bind her forever to her Tristan. The print is spare in color, emphasizing a red stage curtain and her modern green jewelry and hat, while richly detailed lines give form to the woman’s translucent fine dress and large flowers. It was published by the popular British art journal The Studio.
This work was featured in the Driehaus Museum’s 2020-2022 exhibition, PAN: Prints of the Avant-Garde Europe 1895-1900.
Color lithograph on wove paper
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of John Bonebrake, 2010.651
A high resolution digital image of this wonderful artwork has been printed on matte finish fine art paper surrounded by white border to give the appearance that it is matted when inserted alone in a frame. Print is rolled with tissue paper to protect against dust before being packaged in a mailing tube.
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