Alfred Kubin Drawings, 1897-1910

Alfred Kubin Drawings, 1897-1910

by Annegret Hoberg
     
 

Kubin is irrefutably one of the most original talents of his generation. Whether painting directly from his hallucinatory visions or illustrating the works of such literary giants as Balzac, Poe, Dostoevsky, and Gogol, Kubin eschewed the decorative artistry of earlier Austrian art. Instead, he was drawn to life's dark undertones, represented in his work through his

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Kubin is irrefutably one of the most original talents of his generation. Whether painting directly from his hallucinatory visions or illustrating the works of such literary giants as Balzac, Poe, Dostoevsky, and Gogol, Kubin eschewed the decorative artistry of earlier Austrian art. Instead, he was drawn to life's dark undertones, represented in his work through his morbid subject matter and frenetic style. Filled with horrific yet fully realized imaginings that were eerily prescient of the era to come, this volume is certain to introduce Kubin to a wider audience perhaps to an entire generation who see in art a way to contend with the upheaval and tribulation of their own time.

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Library Journal

This catalog of a 2008 exhibition at New York's Neue Galerie focuses on the critical early graphic work-arguably his most important-of the Austro-German artist and illustrator Kubin (1877-1959). Self-taught and sketchily educated in the artistic ferment of 1890s Munich, Kubin focused chiefly on themes of violence, death, and sex at the time that Sigmund Freud and others were beginning to explore the existence of the unconscious. Often seen as foreshadowing the wars and horrors of the 20th century's first half, Kubin's graphic works partake of Goya and Hieronymus Bosch as well as Freud and the hothouse aestheticism of turn-of-the-century Central Europe. Hoberg (curator, Städtische Galerie; coeditor, Franz Marc: The Retrospective) compiles six essays by German and Austrian curators that illuminate the artist's graphic style, the sources of his ideas, and his own literary work. Although he enjoyed great success later as a book illustrator, Kubin's early work remains sui generis, and iconographic analysis frequently outweighs aesthetic interest. This catalog tackles both with success, but he is an artist of limited range, his work almost akin to the outsider art of the period. For advanced art history collections.
—Jack Perry Brown

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783791340944
Publisher:
Prestel Publishing
Publication date:
10/15/2008
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 11.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Annegret Hoberg is a curator at the Lenbachhaus, Munich. She is the author of many books on art, including Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Muenter, The Blue Rider in the Lenbachhaus, and Franz Marc: The Retrospective (all by Prestel).

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