As he later recalled, “her familiar face suddenly turned pinched and alien.” He added that over the course of his life, “I often stood at deathbeds, but what I saw there could no longer influence the impression of that first death.” Further complicating his fragile mental state, Kubin was seduced at 11 by a pregnant woman.
In Munich, Kubin discovered the works of Odilon Redon, Edvard Munch, James Ensor, Henry de Groux and Félicien Rops. He was profoundly affected by the prints of Max Klinger, and later recounted: "Here a new art was thrown open to me, which offered free play for the imaginative expression of every conceivable world of feeling. Before putting the engravings away I swore that I would dedicate my life to the creation of similar works."
summary of the novel:
...At this point a strange American turns up in Perle and begins loudly to announce that he intends to challenge its ineffective leader for the privilege of governing the Dream Kingdom. From here on in, things begin to get truly weird. The town is tormented by plagues of animals and insects, buildings collapse and earthquakes swallow people alive. Eventually the whole place is destroyed in a number of scenes which resemble the worst excesses of the Book of Revelation crossed with the fever dream of an insane depressive.
brief biography: "A lifelong hypochondriac, Kubin died at the healthy age of 82, in 1959." Above, Earth, Mother of Us All.
More Kubin here, including pictures not appropriate for this blog.