Der Pfauenrock / The Peacock Skirt by Beardsley


Category C: good / gorgeously aged

Artist: Aubrey Beardsley

Title: Der Pfauenrock – The Peacock Skirt (Salome, Oscar Wilde)

Published by:  PPP – Populäre Propaganda Presse Düsseldorf

Printed by: Handpressendruck Mankopf Düsseldorf

Number: 1008

Year: 1960’s

Size: 59,3 x 86,5 cm

In stock



Der Pfauenrock – The Peacock Skirt (1893). Created by Beardsley for Oscar Wilde’s Salomé (1894), this illustration shows the protagonist wrapped in a long, flowing garment embroidered with designs reminiscent of peacock feathers. Indeed a peacock hovers at the left while Salomé looms threateningly over the young man so enamored of her, as though posed to seduce and devour him. Effeminately rendered, the man’s legs visible beneath his cloak belie his gender. This image appears in the book alongside seemingly unrelated text: soldiers discuss noise emitting from a banquet hall; while the young man describes Salomé’s beauty. (taken from

Der Pfauenrock – The Peacock Skirt. Original poster lithograph adapted from the original painting Der Pfauenrock – The Peacock Skirt. Drawn by the famous author and artist Aubrey Beardsley, the PPP poster Der Pfauenrock – The Peacock Skirt 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.  (by Erin Smith, read more)

This Lithograph is category C+. It may suffer 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.