FÜNFZEHN FACSIMILEDRUCKE: Portfolio of 15 Prints. Diese Fünfzehn Drucke, getreue Wiedergaben der Originale in Papier, Format und Bild, Wurden in der Kunstansalt von J.B. Obernetter in München hergestellt. 1000 Exemplare wurden auf einem nach muster des Originalpapiers geschöpften bütten abgezogen, 100 exemplare auf Kaiserl. Japan über Kupferdruckpapier wurden numeriert und vom Künstler signiert. Alfred KUBIN.

FÜNFZEHN FACSIMILEDRUCKE: Portfolio of 15 Prints. Diese Fünfzehn Drucke, getreue Wiedergaben der Originale in Papier, Format und Bild, Wurden in der Kunstansalt von J.B. Obernetter in München hergestellt. 1000 Exemplare wurden auf einem nach muster des Originalpapiers geschöpften bütten abgezogen, 100 exemplare auf Kaiserl. Japan über Kupferdruckpapier wurden numeriert und vom Künstler signiert

München: Hans von Weber-Verl. [1903]. Alfred Kubin. First Edition. Hardcover. Large (15" x 18-1/2") string-tied black cloth portfolio with the artist's name in gilt on the front cover and containing 15 loose prints (14" x 17-1/2") from original drawings with the artist's printed signature and title beneath each image. The first independent publication by the artist and the first published work by Hans von Weber. Kubin, an Austrian (1877 - 1959) Expressionist artist, seems to have been influenced by the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer on suffering and misfortune. His work is dark, unflinching, and symbolic. One print, "The Hour of Death" depicts the scything hand of the clock as it beheads men as it turns, the severed heads caught in a net below. Another, "The Fate of Mankind" shows a woman with a cloth over her head sweeping the living towards the cliff of their deaths. Yet another titled "Epidemic" depicts a giant hunched skeletal figure spreading disease like seeds over a village. Another titled "Science" shows a chimp scratching its head in puzzlement as it stands over a human corpse. Others concern war, death, and other "torments that plague our existence." This copy lacks the limitation page which, according to Paul Raabe (ALFRED KUBIN LEBEN - WERK - WIRKUNG, Hamburg, 1957, no. 8, mentioned page 71), was not issued with every copy. This likely from the edition of 1000 as a copy of the smaller limitation with the signed limitation page sold at Sotheby's London in 2020 (15,000 GBP) is described as slightly larger. In 2019, several of the original drawings these prints are based on sold also at Sotheby's London for between 500,000 and a million GBP each. Title page soiled; prints are Fine but for a few minor turned corners. Housed in a soiled, Very Good slipcase. Quite scarce. Item #020587

Price: $7,500.00

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