During the period from 1892 to 1896, Alfred Kubin studied under the guidance of landscape photographer Alois Beer. In 1898, Kubin began his artistic studies at a private academy of the painter Ludwig Schmitt-Reutte. The following year, in 1899, he entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, but didn't finish it.
Upon moving to Munich in 1899, Alfred Kubin was introduced to the works of Francisco de Goya and Max Klinger, the latter had a particularly profound impact on Kubin. He began producing nightmarish ink-and-wash drawings, and briefly became affiliated with the group of artists, The Blue Rider, which included Wassily Kandinsky and Marianne Werefkin.
In 1902 Kubin had his first exhibition at the Cassirer Gallery in Berlin, and the next year he completed the first of many book illustrations. He visited the aging Redon’s Paris studio in 1906. Later that year Kubin settled at Zwickledt, Austria, where he continued to live for most of his life.
Kubin produced a small number of oil paintings in the years between 1902 and 1910, but thereafter his output consisted of pen and ink drawings, watercolors and lithographs.
In 1913 he exhibited with The Blue Rider in the Galerie Der Sturm in Berlin. After that time, he lost contact with the artistic avant-garde.
Man in a Storm
Homage to Rimbaud
The Emperor of China
jede nacht besucht uns ein traum
The White House
Gateway to Hell
The Great Grandmother
Siberian Fairy Tale
The Past (forgotten-swallowed)
The Lady on the Horse
The Last King
Polar Bear (Eisbär)
The Moment of Birth
Caliban from the portfolio Visions of Shakespeare (Shakespeare Visionen)
Untitled (The Eternal Flame)
One Woman For All
Kubin was married to Hedwig Gründler.