Alfred Kubin Alfred Kubin - Biography
Alfred Kubin counts among the most important Austrian representatives of Expressionism. After a difficult childhood and adolescence, Alfred Kubin began to study art in Munich. It was in those days that he saw graphic cycles by Max Klinger and works by Edvard Munch or Francisco de Goya that would have decisive impact on his art. But Alfred Kubin did not live through these moments light-heartedly either, and it was only the acquaintance of Hedwig Gründler that helped him to overcome his depressions. On Zwickledt Castle in the Innviertel, where Alfred Kubin lived with Hedwig Gründler, he still created his masterly drawings, graphic works and book illustrations in isolation. The dream-like visions, erotic scenes and phantasmagoric landscapes fascinate the observer with their poised and precise line management as well as with their atmosphere determined by gloomy lights and sharp accents. Today the artist's comprehensive oeuvre is attended by the Vienna Albertina and the Upper Austrian Landesmuseum in Linz.