Thursday, 18 February 2010

Alfred Kubin

The Lady on the Horse, c. 1900-01

Man, c.1902

Government, 1899-1900

Adoration, 1900-01

War, 1901-02

The Specimen, c.1906

The Bohemian artist and writer Alfred Kubin (1877-1959) is another neglected figure from the early days of Modernism. Inspired by the likes of Goya, Max Klinger, Odilon Redon and Félicien Rops as well as Gogol and Poe, he created hallucinatory, proto-Surrealist images before developing a style more akin to Expressionism later in life and exhibiting with the Blaue Reiter group. His drawings were mostly executed on a certain type of highly absorbent land registry paper - his father was a land surveyor - and he claimed he was unable to work on any other variety. Kubin also wrote and illustrated a novel, The Other Side (1909), which is currently somewhat out of my price range.

1 comment:

  1. These are quite incredible, what world and atmospheres he created... I have been wanting to dedicate a post to Kubin too, but his artowks are so dark and unsettling that I always end up postponing and instead uploading something more cheerful!