Austin Osman Spare


ISBN: 9781907222115
Author(s): Phil Baker
Format: hardback
Year published: 2012
Publisher: Strange Attractor
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 324

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Austin Spare was described as the greatest draughtsman in England and was the enfant terrible of the Edwardian art scene but by the time of his death he was living in squalor and all but forgotten. This engaging biography charts the rise and fall of British art’s darkest star, who was facinated by mysticism and spirtualism and practised automatic drawing before the Surrealists and developed a unique system of magic. By the 1930s Spare had retreated from fashionable society, living in poverty and obscurity but he never stopped working, only now is his work seen.

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