Ballettkostüm / Ballet Costume by Aubrey Beardsley for PPP


Category C: good / gorgeously aged

Artist: Aubrey Beardsley

Title: Ballettkostüm

Published by:  PPP – Populäre Propaganda Presse Düsseldorf

Printed by: Handpressendruck Mankopf Düsseldorf

Number: 1009

Year: 1960’s

Size: 59,2 x 86,6 cm

In stock



Ballettkostüm / Ballet Costume – Aubrey Beardsley. Original poster lithograph adapted from the original painting Ballettkostüm / Ballet Costume. Drawn by the famous author and artist Aubrey Beardsley the PPP Ballettkostüm / Ballet Costume poster is a rare 1960’s original edition print, published by PPP – Populäre Propaganda Presse in the late 1960’s in Germany. Populäre Propaganda Presse was one of the german poster print pioneers in the 1960’s. See our well sorted PPP section for more.

The Art of Aubrey Beardsley. A Fin de Siecle Critique of Victorian Society. In the late Victorian period, many English, among other Europeans, were beginning to question the benefits of the rapid change and industrialization which characterized most of the nineteenth century. As a result, the Victorian value system and social order, which fit in so well with industrial capitalism, came under attack. In England by the late 1880’s, although much of the mainstream art and literature still upheld Victorian values and social order, an avant-garde movement of artists and writers began to criticize and satirize Victorian society.

Aubrey Beardsley was an illustrator who took part in this movement, and became known in the larger context of Art Nouveau. In criticizing Victorian society, Beardsley focused on the sexual sphere. He was fully aware that challenges to Victorian values came not only from the avant-garde, but from the Women’s Movement, which by the 1880’s, had made some gains in the areas of education and economic rights. Through his bizarre and symbolic style, Beardsley’s drawings blur gender lines and mock male superiority. They also play on Victorian anxieties about sexual expression and men’s fear of female superiority.  (by Erin Smith, read more)

This Lithograph is category C. It comes with smaller cuts, and bruises on the edges (the beauty of original vintage), which can be seen on the high res. pop-up image of the product.