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ALFRED KUBIN | Prähistorische Büffel (Prehistoric Buffalo)

6,000 - 8,000 GBP
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  • Alfred Kubin
  • Prähistorische Büffel (Prehistoric Buffalo)
  • signed AKubin (lower right)
  • gouache and tempera on kataster paper
  • 39.5 by 40cm., 15 1/2 by 15 3/4 in.
  • Executed circa 1907.


Maximilian (Max) & Hertha Morgenstern, Vienna (acquired from the artist)
Thence by descent to the present owners

Catalogue Note

Prähistoriche Büffel depicts two animals, which have characteristics both of a bull but also of a bear. One lies in the foreground while the other paces in the distance. Here, Kubin is playing with Darwin’s theory of the struggle for existence and the struggle for mates. He creates a moment of suspense between the two creatures; will they become companions and procreate or will a hostile encounter ensue? Kubin’s graphic art is best known for probing the mysteries of human behaviour and the subconscious. These depictions of pre-historic animals are very much a product of the artist’s attempt to work out the complexities of our world, its species and human nature.

The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Dr. Peter Assmann.