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1920 Alfred Kubin India Ink Drawing Conrad Franz von Hotzendorfs
  • 1920 Alfred Kubin India Ink Drawing Conrad Franz von Hotzendorfs
  • 1920 Alfred Kubin India Ink Drawing Conrad Franz von Hotzendorfs
  • 1920 Alfred Kubin India Ink Drawing Conrad Franz von Hotzendorfs
  • 1920 Alfred Kubin India Ink Drawing Conrad Franz von Hotzendorfs
  • 1920 Alfred Kubin India Ink Drawing Conrad Franz von Hotzendorfs

1920 Alfred Kubin India Ink Drawing Conrad Franz von Hotzendorfs

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Drawn in India ink using a pen and brush, the picture portrays Count Conrad Franz Von Hotzendorfs (1852 – 1925), the chief of the Austrian General Staff during World War One, who was widely held to be the ‘most brilliant strategist of his time.’ Hotzendorfs was a pan-German nationalist, who deemed the clash between Slavic and German civilisation inevitable and would therefore suggest a pre-emptive invasion of Serbia no less than 25 times prior to 1914. Hotzendorf in many ways embodied the fatalism that would lead Europe into the First World War.

Alfred Kubin (1877-1959) born in the Sudetenland between Germany and the Czech Republic doubtlessly found much to resent in Hotzendorfs’ stark notions of national polarity. In 1897, his short stint in the Austrian Army ended with a nervous breakdown. The First World War particularly affected Kubin, as it saw his group Der Blaue Reiter disband, with some emigrate members returning to Russia, whilst others joined the armies of Austria and Germany. Many perished in battle, united in artistic ideals, but opposing one another in a Great European War that ran contrary to all of their sensibilities.

With the unification of Germany and Austria in 1938, Kubin’s work was considered to promote values that were contrary to the ‘ideal state’ and was subsequently declared degenerate art (entartete kunst).

Signed ‘AKubin’ in the middle right of the picture. Emerging from the waist of Hotzendorfs is the head of a cow; we have no idea of its significance, but believe it to be an example of the satiric surrealism so often used in Kubin’s work

Size of Image: 27.7 x 17.7
Size of Frame: 45 x 35 x 2cm
Weight: 873g

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