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Kubin, Alfred

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Died: 20-08-1959
Austria

Kubin is an important representative of the Symbolist and Expressionist movement. Born in Austria, he studied at the art academy in Munich, where he discovered the work of artists such as Francisco Goya, Max Klinger, Edvard Munch, James Ensor and Odilon Redon. By the early 1900s, Kubin was producing hundreds of drawings exploring the unconscious. Death, motherhood, sexuality and paternal relationships are motifs that feature repeatedly. His work was admired by artists like Paul Klee and Franz Marc, who invited him to join the influential Blaue Reiter group. In 1909 Kubin wrote the disturbing, fantastical novel The Other Side. This portrayal of a dystopian imaginary dream realm, where Kubin’s images were made flesh on the page, was cited as a key influence by Franz Kafka for his classic novel The Castle. 

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Kubin never recovered from a deeply troubled childhood, losing his mother at a young age. Following...

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