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Alfred Kubin (1877 - 1959)

Lot 4: ALFRED KUBIN

Sotheby's

February 3, 2004
London, United Kingdom

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Description

signed and titled (lower right); stamped with the collector's mark HVW on the reverse

Dimensions

38.5 by 30.5cm.

15 1/8 by 12in.

Artist or Maker

1877-1959

Medium

Spritztechnik, pen and brush and ink on Kataster paper

Date

Executed circa 1905-10.

Provenance

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Notes



Am um Aug
is a powerful image of Kubin's extraordinary vision and nightmarish imagination. It depicts a truncated female body, her head resembling a skull, nailed to the background by daggers piercing her body. Strongly reminiscent of the image of crucified Christ, this work borrows both its title and its imagery from the Judeo-Christian tradition, combining it with Kubin's own world of fantasy and mysticism. Never working from nature, Kubin took his inspiration from his own dreams and inner vision, that had their origin in the artist's traumatic childhood. In his preoccupation with dreams, Kubin was in some respects a precursor of the Surrealists, and his world of demons and nightmarish visions, reflect his exploration of the subconscious..

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