Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (21 August 1872 – 16 March 1898) was an English illustrator and author. His black ink drawings were influenced by Japanese woodcuts, and emphasized the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic. He was a leading figure in the aesthetic movement which also included Oscar Wilde and James McNeill Whistler. Beardsley's contribution to the development of the Art Nouveau and poster styles was significant despite his early death from tuberculosis.





Born in Kurume City in Fukuoka Prefecture, Koga left junior high school to be a painter, and he moved to Tokyo in 1912. He attended the institute of the Taiheiyoga-kai, and also the institute of the Japan Watercolor Painting Society the following year. In 1915, Koga entered the priesthood and studied Buddhism at Taisho University, but at the same time he continued painting and became a member of the Japan Watercolor Painting Society in1916. In 1917, he won the prize at the fourth exhibition of Nika-kai, and the next year he decided to concentrate on painting, and withdrew from the university. Koga was also interested in oil painting, and exhibited his oil work at the ninth exhibition of Nika-kai in 1922. In the same year, he created “Action”, the avant-garde group, with Kigen Nakagawa and other young contemporaries. In 1930, Koga was talked into joining the 1930-kyokai and entered it, but withdrew at once. He died in Tokyo.

Bio from the Hiroshima Museum of Art



Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a French 

painterprintmakerdraughtsmancaricaturist, and illustrator whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of Paris in the late 19th century allowed him to produce a collection of enticing, elegant, and provocative images of the modern, sometimes decadent, affairs of those times.

Toulouse-Lautrec is among the best-known painters of the Post-Impressionist period, with Paul CézanneVincent van Gogh, and Paul Gauguin.

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Tomi Ungerer is an incredibly prolific artist and has published over 140 books of drawings ranging from iconic children’s books to controversial adult work.

In the video above made by Phaidon publishers, Ungerer discusses the children's books he has written and illustrated.

He is famous for his sharp social satire and his witty aphorisms and his work ranges from the fantastic to the autobiographical. He is also an illustrator, a sculptor, an inventor, an architectural designer and worked extensively in advertising.

In 2003 Ungerer was appointed the first ever Ambassador for Childhood and Education by the Council of Europe. In 2007 the Tomi Ungerer Museum opened in Strasbourg, making him the first living artist to have a museum dedicated to their life and work in France.

In 2014, Ungerer was awarded one of the most distinguished honours in France, Commandeur de l’Ordre National du Mérite. This award was given in recognition of his continued lifelong struggle against artistic and political prejudice, and in acknowledgement of his work for improved Franco-German relations.

To view more of Tomi Ungerer's work visit his website HERE


Cicely Mary Barker (28 June 1895 – 16 February 1973) was an English illustrator best known for a series of fantasy illustrations depicting fairies and flowers. Barker's art education began in girlhood with correspondence courses and instruction at the Croydon School of Art. Her earliest professional work included greeting cards and juvenile magazine illustrations, and her first book, Flower Fairies of the Spring, was published in 1923. Similar books were published in the following decades.

Barker was proficient in watercolour, pen and ink, oils, and pastels. Kate Greenaway and the Pre-Raphaelites were the principal influences on her work. She claimed to paint instinctively and rejected artistic theories.

Though she published Flower Fairy books with spring, summer, and autumn themes, it wasn't until 1985 that a winter collection was assembled from her remaining work and published posthumously.