Judith: Fashion Forward

10 Feb

Alfred Kubin, “Judith with the Head of Holofernes,” 1904, Pen and ink over pencil, auctioned by Hauswedell & Nolte, December 5, 2008 (Lot 118)

Alfred Leopold Isidor Kubin.  Wonder what a psychologist would make of him?

  • In 1896, attempted suicide on his mother’s grave at the age of 19
  • The next year, had a nervous breakdown in the Austrian army
  • Began studying art at a private academy in 1898
  • Enrolled at the Munich Academy in 1899
  • Dropped out of school
  • Emulated Max Klinger and Goya in ink and wash drawings of fantastical, often macabre subjects (like Judith in her Fashion Forward pose)
  • Lived a withdrawn life in a small 12th century castle in Upper Austria from 1906 until his death in 1959
  • Wrote and illustrated eight dark, spectral, symbolic fantasy novels during that time
  • Created thousands of pen-and-ink drawings, many portfolios (including “Dance of the Dead” in 1925) and illustrations for more than 70 books by other authors

They would probably be disappointed that they could not be reimbursed for 63 years of therapy.

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