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Jeremias 3668_kubin_alfred.jpg

Jeremias

Item Code: AK-3668-s
Medium
Lithograph
Date of Work
1919
Edition Size
300
Signed
Signed
Height (cm)
12
Width (cm)
9
£1,250
Includes free framing and UK delivery
Original signed lithograph from the special edition of 300 only.
Alfred Kubin PortraitKubin was born in Bohemia in the town of Leitmeritz. From 1892 to 1896, he was apprenticed to the landscape photographer Alois Beer, although he learned little.

In 1896, he attempted suicide on his mother's grave, and his short stint in the Austrian army the following year ended with a nervous breakdown. In 1898, Kubin began a period of artistic study at a private academy run by the painter Ludwig Schmitt-Reutte, before enrolling at the Munich Academy in 1899, without finishing his studies there. In Munich, Kubin discovered the works of Odilon Redon, Edvard Munch, James Ensor, Henry de Groux, and Félicien Rops. He was profoundly affected by the prints of Max Klinger, and later recounted: "Here a new art was thrown open to me, which offered free play for the imaginative expression of every conceivable world of feeling. Before putting the engravings away I swore that I would dedicate my life to the creation of similar works".

The aquatint technique used by Klinger and Goya influenced the style of his works of this period, which are mainly ink and wash drawings of fantastical, often macabre subjects. Kubin produced a small number of oil paintings in the years between 1902 and 1910, but thereafter his output consisted of pen and ink drawings, watercolors, and lithographs. In 1911, he became associated with the Blaue Reiter group, and exhibited with them in the Galerie Der Sturm in Berlin in 1913. After that time, he lost contact with the artistic avant-garde.
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