Alfred Kubin, ‘Entführung / Abduction’, 1921, Sylvan Cole Gallery

One of 100 impressions from the deluxe edition of "Der Ararat", vol. 2, no. 2 (February 1921). A further 20 impressions were printed to be sold separately.

Printed on fine laid paper.

Signed by the artist.

In perfect condition.

Signature: signed

Publisher: Goltzverlag, Munich

Hoberg 20; Raabe 141; Söhne 50402.

About Alfred Kubin

Alfred Kubin’s haunting illustrations, watercolors, and lithographs of symbol-laden fantasy worlds are said to have presaged the horrors of WWI. Death, parenthood, sexuality, the unconscious, and explicit and violent portrayals of women as femmes fatales are recurring motifs in his oeuvre. Originating in his own imagination and traumatic life experiences, the nightmarish imagery also stems from writings by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Edgar Allen Poe, many of which Kubin illustrated. Stylistically linked with Symbolism and Expressionism and known for a delicate, atmospheric ink wash technique, Kubin was influenced by the macabre aquatints of Francisco de Goya, Odilon Redon, James Ensor, and Max Klinger. However, he shifted to producing frenetically rendered, reality-based drawings with watercolor accents, sparked by a realization that life’s mysteries “lie not only in the bizarre, exalted, or comic moments...but [also in] the painful, the indifferent, and the incidental commonplace.”

Austrian , 1877-1959, Litoměřice, Czech Republic