Sale: 344 / Modern Art, April 28. 2009 in Munich Lot 463

 
Alfred Kubin - Gespenstischer Fischfang/II

463
Alfred Kubin
Gespenstischer Fischfang/II, 1930.
Pen and India ink drawing
Estimate:
€ 8,000 / $ 8,800
Sold:
€ 9,000 / $ 9.900

(incl. 20% surcharge)
Lot description

Gespenstischer Fischfang/II. Um 1930.
Pen and India ink drawing.
Raabe 414. Signed lower right, titled lower left. On laid paper. 36 : 26 cm (14,1 : 10,2 in), size of sheet. Alfred Kubin's outstanding talent as a drawer, both in terms of technique as well as subject treatment, is documented in a remarkable manner in this drawing. The airiness of the brush visualises the sinister subject in a playfuland elegant way, to which the rococo habit of the fisherman contributes. The theme is not a struggle between fish against man as in Hemmingway's "The old man and the sea". The huge fish swims towards the fisherman with a friendly smile, metaphor for a demonical possession that seems even more threatening with all its innocence. [KD]
EXPERTISE: This work's authenticity has been confirmed orally by Dr. Gunhild Roggenbuck, Hamburg
PROVENIENZ: Auction Sotheby's, November 29, 1972.
Private collection South Germany.
AUSSTELLUNG: Alfred Kubin, Albertina Kulturbund, Wien, April/Mai 1937, Nr. 184.

Good overall impression. Minimal unevenly discoloured as well as sunned. Outer margins slightly discoloured. Tiny brown stain in lower left outside the image. Loosely mounted on verso of upper corners, minimally showing through to recto.

463
Alfred Kubin
Gespenstischer Fischfang/II, 1930.
Pen and India ink drawing
Estimate:
€ 8,000 / $ 8,800
Sold:
€ 9,000 / $ 9.900

(incl. 20% surcharge)