The colours reach an indescribable intensity, reminiscent of the Piper's gaudy garment, and then fade softly, leaving only the veil of the winter frost to cover the bare arms of the trees.
|The rats follow the Piper outside the town|
|The Piper entices the children outside the town.|
Although these were not the works that made him famous, some of the distinctive traits of his unique style are already present.
|J'ai baisé ta bouche, Iokanaan - 1894|
|The platonic Lament - 1894|
Black-and-white illustrations and a preference for grim stories.
Exaggerated garments and the recurring presence of skeleton-like figures.
|The Black Cape - 1894|
|La Beale Isoud at Joyous Gard - 1894|
Due to his weak health, Aubrey was well aware that a wintry veil would have soon covered his fragile body. And indeed, the inevitable notes of a Totentanz follow one another among the black lines of his illustrations.