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Alfred Kubin

The Vicar of Wakefield , 1932

Ink on paper
4 3/5 × 7 in
11.8 × 17.8 cm
This is a unique work.
CHF 5,300
location
Wichtrach, Riehen
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Henze & Ketterer
Wichtrach, Riehen
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One of 8 ink-drawings from the portfolio "The Vicar of Wakefield".
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One of 8 ink-drawings from the portfolio "The Vicar of Wakefield".
Marked on the portfolio: "Alfred Kubin / Wernstein am Inn Oberösterreich / 41 Illustrationen / zu / The Vicar of Wakefield / von Oliver Goldsmith".

Alfred Kubin
Austrian , 1877–1959
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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.”

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One of 8 ink-drawings from the portfolio "The Vicar of Wakefield".
Marked on the …

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One of 8 ink-drawings from the portfolio "The Vicar of Wakefield".
Marked on the portfolio: "Alfred Kubin / Wernstein am Inn Oberösterreich / 41 Illustrationen / zu / The Vicar of Wakefield / von Oliver Goldsmith".

Alfred Kubin
Austrian , 1877–1959
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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.”

Alfred Kubin

The Vicar of Wakefield , 1932

Ink on paper
4 3/5 × 7 in
11.8 × 17.8 cm
This is a unique work.
CHF 5,300
location
Wichtrach, Riehen
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