Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Lady on the Horse

The Lady on the Horse, ca. 1900-01
Alfred KUBIN (1877-1959), Austrian

Pen and ink, wash, and spray on paper.
St├Ądtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Kubin-Archiv

I discovered a new artist yesterday. Alfred Kubin, in the ranks of the odd and strange (Dali, Bosch, Goya, Ernst...) Currently, the focus of a show at the Neue Galerie in New York, Kubin's drawings are nightmarish, creepy, symbolic, intriguing and fantastical. Created predominately with pen and ink and wash, they elicit the strangeness of the psyche (Kubin began his career soon after Freud's Interpretation of Dreams was published)

Thematically linked to Odilon Redon and Max Klinger, all were heavy into literature which infused their creative work. Kubin also did illustration for works by Poe and more.

NY Times slide show of some of Kubin's drawings

Have a fantastic weekend! Christmas is coming!

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