Illustration 2. Beardsley, as a member of the avant garde, also criticized the Victorian art world with its pressure to conform to the Victorian artistic ideal. Here, he outwardly criticizes the Victorian art world in his satirization of mainstream artists. This is most evident in an illustration which was a prospective cover for The Savoy magazine (illus. 2). In the drawing, Beardsley used the image of John Bull to represent the established artist.
"We find after years of struggle that we do not a take a trip; A trip takes us." - John Steinbeck Happy would-be-112th birthday to my favorite writer. It was an honor, life highlight, and just a lot of plain ol’ fun to create a google doodle for him. (go to google.com to see everything else!)