Friday, April 01, 2011

Alfred Kubin

Alfred Kubin - Painting

Alfred Kubin - SIBERIAN FAIRY TALE, c. 1901/02

Alfred Kubin - Hexe und Wasserschlange

 Alfred Kubin, Dream Animal, 1903

Alfred Kubin - Vielarmiges Tier

Alfred Kubin - Jede Nacht besucht uns ein Traum

Alfred Kubin - Mythical Animal,1905/06

Alfred Kubin - Into The Unknown, 1900-01

Alfred Kubin - Der Sumpf, 1903–05

Alfred Kubin - Spectre Of The Sea

Alfred Kubin - The North Pole

Alfred Kubin - Serpent God, 1902-03

Alfred Kubin - Mumie

Alfred Kubin - Cholera

Alfred Kubin - Epidemic, 1900-01

Alfred Kubin - Black Mass, 1905

Alfred Kubin - The Last Adventure, 1901

Alfred Kubin - The Symphony", 1901-02

Alfred Kubin - The Egg,1901-02

Alfred Kubin - The Moment Of Birth, 1901-02

Alfred Kubin - Danger, 1901

Alfred Kubin - Der Todesengel

Alfred Kubin - One Women for All, 1900-01

Alfred Kubin - Male Sphinx, 1901-03

Alfred Kubin - The Lady on the Horse, 1900-01

Alfred Kubin - Die Friedhofsmauer

Alfred Kubin - The Terror, 1901

Alfred Kubin - Serpent Nightmare, 1903-04

Alfred Kubin - The Ape, 1903-04

Alfred Kubin - Man, 1902

Alfred Kubin - THE DEVIL ON THE CHIMNEY, 1902

Alfred Kubin - The Past(Forgotten-Sunken), 1902

Alfred Kubin - la fidanzata dei morti

Alfred Kubin - Fertility 1, 1901-02

Alfred Kubin - Starvation (Famine), ca. 1901

Alfred Kubin - Oppression, 1900-01

Alfred Kubin - From My Realm, 1900

Alfred Kubin - The Eternal Flame

Alfred Kubin - Die letzte Amme

Alfred Kubin - Night Moths

Alfred Kubin -Haushamerlinde

Alfred Kubin - The Rat House

Alfred Kubin - Thou Shalt not Kill, 1900-01

Alfred Kubin -Gedenke des langen Schweigens

Alfred Kubin - Vier nackte Hexen

Alfred Kubin - Alpine Dream, 1904

Alfred Kubin - Le poteau indicateur

Alfred Kubin - Straznik, 1903

Alfred Kubin - Vampyre

Alfred Kubin - The Idol, 1902-03

Alfred Kubin - Der Büsser

Alfred Kubin - The Pursued One

Alfred Kubin - Der Wanderer an der Mauer

Alfred Kubin - The Brood, 1903

Alfred Kubin - In den Krallen

Alfred Kubin - Argwohn

Alfred Kubin - The Ghost In The Bedroom

Alfred Kubin - Die Einbeere

Alfred Kubin

Alfred Kubin - die Andere Seite

Alfred Kubin - Ink Drawing 2

Alfred Kubin - Der Sturm

Alfred Kubin - Ink Drawing 1

Alfred Kubin - Waldgespenst

Alfred Kubin - Vampyr

Alfred Kubin - Dürre

Alfred Kubin - The Polar King, 1905-06

Alfred Kubin - Insect Of The Moon, 1910

Alfred Kubin - The Witch, 1900

Alfred Kubin - Demons

Alfred Kubin - Das Hochmoor

Alfred Kubin - Pen and Ink Drawing

Alfred Kubin - Title Unknown

Alfred Kubin - Die Maske des Todes, 1918

Alfred Kubin - Pocalunek, 1903

Alfred Kubin - Mythical Animal, 1905/06

I encourage everyone to seek out Alfred's strange novel, The Other Side. The following is a detailed summary of the fantastical novel.

"The Other Side tells the story of a German artist who is visited one day by a mysterious stranger claiming to be an emissary of old school friend named Patera. Furthermore the stranger states that this Patera is now the richest man in the world and has been building an idyllic community on a large piece of land he has purchased specifically for the purpose - this community goes under the name of the Dream Kingdom and has a capital city, Perle.

Since taking possession of the land - and surrounding it with a large wall with a single gate - Patera has apparently been sending his servants on missions around the world to purchase specific objects of all kinds, seemingly randomly chosen, to furnish it. Patera's aims in creating such a place are not made clear but along with this information the stranger brings an invitation for the narrator to join the band of dreamers who are already living in the new country.

After some deliberation the artist and his wife agree to travel to the Dream Kingdom, leaving behind all their worldly possessions and accepting instead a large sum of money which will cover their travel expenses and allow them to set themselves up on arrival in Perle. This sum of money is just one of many things that turn out to not be quite what they seem once in the Dream Kingdom....

The first thing they notice is that the sky is always grey - that and the fact that everyone and everything seems to make no sense at all. The city is built of a hodge-podge of anachronistic buildings collected by Patera, the dress of the inhabitants is several decades out of fashion and money seems to change in value from minute to minute; furthermore people behave most extraordinarily making unsolicited deliveries of useless goods in the middle of the night and being hypnotized daily by the "great clock spell".

...At this point a strange American turns up in Perle and begins loudly to announce that he intends to challenge its ineffective leader for the privilege of governing the Dream Kingdom. From here on in, things begin to get truly weird. The town is tormented by plagues of animals and insects, buildings collapse and earthquakes swallow people alive. Eventually the whole place is destroyed in a number of scenes which resemble the worst excesses of the Book of Revelation crossed with the fever dream of an insane depressive.

The city and land itself which in some sense appear to be an actual manifestation of Patera's dreaming subconscious finally give way, presumably as Patera himself dies (or wakes?) leaving virtually all of the inhabitants dead except for the narrator who survives to document the events." - source

I purchased the paperback version around the time it was released a little over ten years ago for ten dollars, it appears to have gone up in value since then. Fortunately the kindle version is available for much less, you can get it here.




Read about the life of Alfred Kubin at his Wikipedia page.

An article on Kubin detailing the recent exhibit of his work in New York can be read here.

Alfred Kubin was originally posted on Monster Brains over five short years ago.

I'd like to add that Alfred Kubin is one of the greater influences in my own art. I admire the way he combines such intensely grotesgue subject matter with wildly imaginative imagery. He portrays a consistent world of nightmarish fantasy through out his work that I hope to achieve in my own. Reading about his life on Wikipedia is depressing. He attempted suicide around his late teens on the grave of his dead mother, went on to have a nervous breakdown upon joining the Austrian army. Later in life his work was labeled by the Nazi Party as "entartete Kunst" or degenerate art. He somehow managed to continue creating art through World War 2 in a small castle, not unlike a setting one might associate with his own work.

13 comments:

Steve said...

Brilliant upload, some incredibly sinister images in there. Thanks.

 Damon Orrell said...

Looks like it's the Kindle for me :P

Locusta said...

Thanks for showing Kubins art here. He is one of my lifetime favorite artist and was always an inspiration to me. This great Austrian shall not be forgotten.

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Santiago CARUSO said...

Thank you for showing this genius here. I am going to kill myself. He is the master of horror with almost nothing. He understand all and explains it to you with a few hand- moves.

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Human Mollusk said...

Brilliant post Aeron. As you know I'ven a great Kubin admirer for many years, too, but you've managed to dig out several images I hadn't seen before. Thanx!

Nicholas Cloister said...

Lovely collection of Kubin art. I had only seen a couple of these before. Very inspiring!

Cuervoscuro - Abraham Martinez Azuara said...

Thank you very much for this post.

F said...

Amazing, truly.

@~ said...

Excellent!
I love Kubin's work and this is a great post. Some of my favourites and a couple new to me.
Cheers :)
I was lucky to get a cheap copy of The Other Side from Amazon UK. The prices have rocketed again.

Anonymous said...

I'm getting a real Silent Hill vibe from that sixth piece.

Anonymous said...

This is amazing.

Thanks!\

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