Dates: 1880-1945

Origin: United States

Key Artists: Aubrey Beardsley

The American “golden age of illustration” lasted from the 1880s until shortly after World War I (although the active career of several later “golden age” illustrators went on for another few decades). As in Europe a few decades earlier, newspapers, mass market magazines, and illustrated books had become the dominant media of public consumption. Improvements in printing technology freed illustrators to experiment with color and new rendering techniques. A small group of illustrators in this time became rich and famous. The imagery they created was a portrait of American aspirations of the time.

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Aubrey Beardsley

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