Black Magic / Continuation of Mynona's Gray Magic (Schwarze Magie / Fortsetzung von Mynonas grauer Magie)Artist(s)Alfred KubinArtist NationalityAustrianObject Creation Date1954Medium & Supportpen + ink and watercolor and gouache on wove paperDimensions
12 in. x 7 1/2 in. ( 30.48 cm x 19.05 cm )Credit LineGift of the Ernst Pulgram and Frances McSparran CollectionLabel copy
Watercolor on paper
Gift of the Ernst Pulgram and Frances McSparran Collection, 2007/2.102
Black Magic (Schwarze Magie )
Pen and ink, watercolor, and gouache on paper
Gift of the Ernst Pulgram and Frances McSparran Collection, 2007/2.111
While Expressionists experimented with degrees of abstraction—and some would eventually pursue pure abstraction—their work rarely left the world of the human figure or landscape.
From 1910 to 1912, Emil Nolde wintered in Berlin and completed dozens of watercolors portraying the world of his wife, a stage actress. Applying large washes of color, Nolde would then go in and apply black lines with a dry brush to carve out human forms from the color patches. In Actress, however, Nolde leaves us with only his original layer and its suggestion of perhaps a bent head and figure, allowing us a glimpse into his working method.
Likewise, Kubin’s tribute to his friend and art critic Salomo Friedländer (1871–1946) becomes so abstract as to become difficult to describe. Yet a human figure can still be made out among the artist’s complex layerings of medium and lines.Subject matter
A heavily inked, at times abstract image. On the left can be seen the figure of a turbaned, bearded older man.Physical Description
A heavily inked, multi-layered multi-media image with tinges of color. On the left hand side of image, an older gentleman in turban and beard can be made out. The background is dark inks and washes, bleeding into man's figure. Bottom edge of paper carries inscriptions from Kubin (handwriting matches other samples).Primary Object Classification Drawing Primary Object TypeportraitCollection AreaModern and ContemporaryRights
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magicians (people in the occult)