Kubin, Alfred

Date/place of birth

1877 Leitmeritz/Bohemia

Day/place of death

1959 Zwickledt/Wernstein on Inn

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After his initial training in Salzburg and Klagenfurt, the Austrian illustrator and author Alfred Kubin moved to Munich where he attended both the Academy and several drawing schools, while also teaching himself and receiving substantial inspiration from Max Klinger’s works. His early artistic success started early, in 1902, with an exhibition at Cassirer’s art gallery in Berlin. Together with Kandinsky, Jawlensky and others, he founded the “Neue Künstlervereinigung München” and later became a member of the “Blaue Reiter”. Kubin primarily worked with ink as a medium, creating a large body of illustrations, series and portfolios. In his later works the delicate subtleness of his drawing style changed to a more mature and casual use of the pen. His nightmarish, fantasy-laden imagery expresses existential anxieties and a pessimistic worldview, inspired, among others, by the works of Goya, Odilon Redon and James Ensor. His art was undoubtedly stimulated by his own personal disposition together with formative biographical events, such as the deaths of his mother and – later – his fiancée. It also had its parallels in his writings, particularly his Kafkaesque novel “Die andere Seite” (The Other Side) from 1908.

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Alfred KubinAschermittwoch€91.250
Alfred KubinDer tote Kaiser€27.140
Alfred KubinSchlangen in der Stadt (Snakes in the City)€16.800
Alfred KubinBlick über den Kanal€11.210
Alfred KubinPferdeschlächterei€9.600
Alfred KubinSeeräuberschiff€3.094

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