Austin Osman Spare watercolor portrait

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Austin Osman Spare watercolor portrait

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Austin Osman Spare

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c. 1947, British
Pencil and watercolor on artist’s board
Initialed twice AOS, 1947 and the number 163
11.8x 9 inches (30 x 23.1 cm)
Provenance: Victor Arwas

Exhibited:
Archer Gallery, London, November 1947. No. 163

His exhibition at the Archer Gallery in 1947, organized by his journalist friend Dennis Bardens, marked a come back of sorts for Spare. He produced over 150 studies in "Psycho-Physiognomy." A commercial success, the works on display showed the increasing influence of Spiritualism on his thought, and included portraits of prominent Spiritualists like Arthur Conan Doyle and Kate Fox-Jencken.

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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.
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Austin Osman Spare

Ex-Profundis

 

c. 1947, British
Pencil and watercolor on artist’s board
Initialed twice AOS, 1947 and the number 163
11.8x 9 inches (30 x 23.1 cm)
Provenance: Victor Arwas

Exhibited:
Archer Gallery, London, November 1947. No. 163

His exhibition at the Archer Gallery in 1947, organized by his journalist friend Dennis Bardens, marked a come back of sorts for Spare. He produced over 150 studies in "Psycho-Physiognomy." A commercial success, the works on display showed the increasing influence of Spiritualism on his thought, and included portraits of prominent Spiritualists like Arthur Conan Doyle and Kate Fox-Jencken.

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.