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J'ai baisé ta bouche, Iokanaan, Aubrey Beardsly, 1893.

This is an illustration produced by Beardsly for Oscar Wilde’s play Salome. 

It is striking to realise the remarkable contrast between the delicacy of the curvaceous forms and the pervasive nightmarish atmosphere surrounding the drawing.

There is an evident influence of Japonism (the use of the japanese two-dimensional composition) and a noticeable aesthetic preoccupation. 

Recall that Beardsly was one of the most important figures of the Art Nouveau movement in England.

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