07.31.2021 Beardsleyesque Grotesque Pareidolia

Quabbin Shoreline Tree Grotesque

I had a period when I enjoyed doing pen and ink drawings and that drew me to Aubrey Beardsley. He described himself and many of his artworks as grotesque but I always found them beautifully drawn.  Some are shown in the link but he did quite a number in his short lifetime…27 years and only a few of which were spent creating art. My tree is quite grotesque and compared to that his drawings most certainly are not.  But his use of the word came to mind as I photographed and processed this so I used a bit of license in the title.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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8 Responses to 07.31.2021 Beardsleyesque Grotesque Pareidolia

  1. Jim R says:

    Aubrey was an interesting fellow. This quote amused me. “I have one aim—the grotesque. If I am not grotesque, I am nothing.”

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  2. That’s a great title you came up with, and oh so apt for your photograph. A decaying skull comes to mind.

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  3. I’ve always been drawn naturally to dead wood as subject matter, primarily for the “flow” of the patterns, and they certainly would lend themselves to pen and ink. As you know, they also make perfect foreground subjects to draw your eye into a landscape image. This one really does make a wonderful b&w image.

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  4. shoreacres says:

    I never would have associated Beardsley with the grotesque, but that’s probably because for years I followed a fashion/costume design blogger who took the screen name ‘Aubrey’ and was given to posting Beardsley’s more elegant drawings of fashionable women. I do see a couple of gargoyles in the twists of wood; like most gargoyles, they tend toward the grotesque, simply by exaggeration of features.

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    • His “fashion” drawings are elegant and were part of the burgeoning Art Nouveau movement. Not much of his erotic art is found on the web but he did quite a lot. And much of that is rather grotesque.

      We have a customer of the store where I work who loves gargoyles and has them all over her house. You are greeted with one when you ring the doorbell and others if you use the knockers. She has alcoves at elevated spots in the foyer with gargoyles leaning out looking at you and there are others at various places in the house. Seemed odd at first but you warm up to them. 🙂

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