Austin Osman Spare watercolor portrait

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AOS-Charlotte-Newman.jpg

Austin Osman Spare watercolor portrait

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Charlotte Newman

 

c. 1935, British
Watercolor and pencil on artist's board
Initialed AOS
25.3 x 18.8 cm (9.9 x 7.4 inches)
Provenance: Michael Staley

Literature:
Austin Osman Spare: Artist Occulist Sensualist, edited by Geraldine Beskin and John Bonner, Beskin Press, London, 1999. Illustration No. 50.
Austin Osman Spare: Cockney Visionary, Cuming Museum, Jerusalem Press, 2010. Illustrated on pg. 14.Austin Osman Spare: Refractions, Cuming Museum: Essays List of Works, Transcripts, Jerusalem Press, 2010. Illustrated on pgs. 72 & 182.

Exhibitions:
Austin Osman Spare: Artist Occulist Sensualist, Marx House, Clerkenwell, London 9-22 August, 1999.
Austin Osman Spare: Fallen Visionary, Cuming Museum, Southwark, London, 2010.

Austin Osman Spare (30 December 1886 – 15 May 1956) was an English artist and occultist who worked as both a draughtsman and a painter. Influenced by symbolism and the artistic decadence of art nouveau, his art was known for its clear use of line, and its depiction of monstrous and sexual imagery. In an occult capacity, he developed idiosyncratic magical techniques including automatic writing, automatic drawing and sigilization based on his theories of the relationship between the conscious and unconscious self.