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Alfred Kubin (1877 - 1959)

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The Other Side (1909) - Alfred Kubin
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After fellow countrymen Klimt and Schiele, Alfred Kubin will be the next to be inducted in the canon of modern art.

Some of Kubin's works are reminiscent of the crosshatched drawing style of Roland Topor.


Alfred Leopold Isidor Kubin (April 10, 1877 - August 20, 1959) was a Austrian expressionist illustrator and occasional writer.

From 1898 to 1901, Kubin studied at the art school Schmitt Reutte and at the Munich Academy. In 1906 it acquired the Zwickledt school, where Kubin led a withdrawn life up to his death. Kubin is considered as an important representative of expressionism. He created above all quill drawings (partly hand-coloured) and lithographies of dark, spectral, symbolistic force of expression (often assembled into thematic series of drawings). In 1912 he became associated with the Blaue Reiter (English: Blue Rider) group.

Like O. Kokoschka and A. P. Guetersloh, Kubin had both artistic and literary talent. His novel Die andere Seite (The Other Side), 1909 and his illustrations of literary works by E. A. Poe, E. T. A. Hoffmann, F. M. Dostoyevsky and others, demonstrate his diverse talents.

Die andere Seite is an apocalyptic/dystopic fantasy with an atmosphere of claustrophobic absurdity reminiscent of later writings of Kafka's, such as The Castle and The Trial. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Kubin [Apr 2005]

Alfred Kubin expo in Brussels

Two innovating exhibitions, built around the complex imagery of Alfred Kubin (1877-1959), one of the strangest Austrian artists, will be presented at the Provincial museum Félicien Rops in Namur and the City Hall of Brussels. A remarkable draughtsman, Kubin was also a great lover of the Arts, a passionate art collector and experienced bibliophile.

The exhibition at the City Hall of Brussels presents the work of Alfred Kubin in relation with lithographs and etchings of Honoré Daumier, Henry de Groux, James Ensor, Paul Gauguin, Francisco de Goya, Max Klinger, Edvard Munch, Odilon Redon, ... All of these artists whom he admired greatly, shared the same passion for drawing, illustration and literature. The exhibition at the Provincial museum Félicien Rops in Namur focuses on a confrontation between Kubin and Rops. More than 70 works of these two artists, shown side by side, illustrate that in the same visionary and macabre spirit, they both approached the subjects of erotism, satanism, death, body transformation, etc. --http://www.province.namur.be/actl/agenda/mars_2006/folder_kubin.pdf [Apr 2006]

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