Alfred Kubin

1877 Leitmeritz/Bohemia - 1959 Zwickledt

Alfred Kubin was born in 1877 in Leitmeritz in Bohemia. In 1879, the family moved to Salzburg, and in 1882 they moved again to Zell am See. 1887 his mother passed away. From 1892 to 1896 apprenticeship with the photographer Beer in Klagenfurt. 1896 Kubin attempted suicide at his mother's grave. In 1897 Kubin became seriously ill suffering from nervous disorders. From 1898 to 1901 he attended the private school Schmidt-Reutte and the art academy in Munich. In January 1902 he exhibited at Cassirer's in Berlin. In 1903 Hans von Weber published the first portfolio with works by Kubin. In the same year his bride Emmy Bayer died. In 1904 he married Hedwig Gründler. 1905 travels to southern France, Italy and Paris followed, where he visited Odilon Redon. In 1906 he moved from Munich to Zwickledt. Further journeys followed, to Bosnia and Dalmatia (1907), Northern Italy and Venice (1908) and the Balkans (1909). In 1908 he wrote the novel "The other side". In 1909 he joined the "Neue Künstlervereinigung München". He became friends with Franz Marc, with Hans Carossa and Paul Klee. In 1911 he visited Prague. In 1912 he became a member of the "Blauer Reiter" and created first drawings for the "Simplizissimus". In 1914 his second trip to Paris took place. In 1921 the first collective exhibition at Goltz in Munich ensued. In 1924 Kubin stayed in Switzerland. In the following years he had exhibitions in Hamburg, Munich (Alte Pinakothek), Hanover, Dessau (Bauhaus). In 1937 a large Kubin exhibition was held in the Albertina in Vienna. Numerous memberships, awards and prizes accompanied his artistic path.


Paul Raabe, Alfred Kubin, Leben. Werk. Wirkung, Hamburg 1957, with Cat.Rais.; Wieland Schmied, Der Zeichner Alfred Kubin, unter Mitwirkung der Graphischen Sammlung Albertina und des Oberösterreichischen Landesmuseums, Salzburg 1967; Hans Bisanz, Alfred Kubin, Zeichner, Schriftsteller und Philosoph, Salzburg 1977