Darkness And Light: Nine Works By Alfred Kubin That Escaped The Nazis


Darkness and Light: Nine Works by Alfred Kubin that Escaped the Nazis

On the 5th of February in the occasion of the Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale, ten art pieces, marked by the theme of darkness and light, of the expressionist and symbolist, illustrator Alfred Kubin will be up for auction. The ten pieces previously belonged to Morgenstern and his elaborate collection of Kubin’s painting. 

Darkness And Light: Story Of Kubin And Morgenstern

Kubin was under the patronage of Morgenstern in the earlier phase of his painting career. He was also a loyal friend and supporter of Kubin’s works. His works’ provenance attests to the caliber of the masterpieces.

Alfred Leopold Isidor Kubin and Max Morgenstern built their relationship upon the solid foundation of trust, loyalty, and mutual admiration. Max, to date, is considered the most important patron of the Austrian painter. Max was born in Moravia in 1883. He was the sole heir to his father’s textile, which he expanded successfully later in his life. An aficionado of art, Morgenstern constructed a library with 1500 attenuated books followed by his collection of Kubin’s painting.

Darkness And Light: Nine Works By Alfred Kubin That Escaped The Nazis
Darkness And Light: Nine Works By Alfred Kubin That Escaped The Nazis

In 1938, during Anschluss’s pressing circumstances, Max’s wife, Hertha, involuntarily sold Kubin’s 20 workpieces, to a German collector, Kurt Otte, at a disappointing price. Escaping the Nazi’s they built a home for themselves in Bradford. During their elopement, they managed to carry only 10 of Kubin’s art pieces, and the Nazi forces annexed the rest. These ten pieces of original splendor bear the mark of a tumultuous historical event. Its history adds a piquant note to the paintings bearing the initials of the painter. Hence, for the first time, these paintings are up for sale as private possesions and in wait of its second patronage. 

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Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening and Day Sales spectated a stunning auction with the Epidamie bringing £963,000 in sales alone. Along with Epidamie 16, other paintings were also sold at a comely price. 

Kasuarkopf, which is a part of the upcoming auction, testifies Kubin’s mastery as an admirer of Nature. The epic stature of the still bird allows the viewers a large canvas of interpretation. (lot 142)

Prähistoriche Büffel and Prähistoriche Vögel (lots 149 and 150) are two of Kubin’s masterpieces which adds to his Expressionist stature. The paintings influenced by Darwinian objectives portrays the agency of tempera and gouache. However, these paintings exhibit his play with the light, and the darkness Kubin’s opus possesses the same scientific strain of the 19th century that most German painters exhibited in their artistic voyage.

Kubin deserted his study of arts in Akademie der schönen Künste, midway. Incited by the philosophical stances of Friedrich Nietzsche and Arthur Schopenhauer, he began to scour his intellectual and philosophical temperament. Hence, shielding himself with the Darwinian theories, Kubin tapped into the study of metaphysical nature and the human psyche. So, his works are a glorious asseveration of his understanding of the human mind.

Sotheby aims to propound the bequest of the Austrian painter, writer, and philosopher for the painting aficionados to carry forward the acuity of Alfred Kubin.

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Darkness And Light: Nine Works By Alfred Kubin That Escaped The Nazis
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