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Spare’s drawings otherwise than as diagrams of ideas which I have quite failed to unravel; I can only regret that a good draughtsman limits the scope of his appeal”. Kay Merkel rated it it was amazing Sep 15, This was a short-lived project, but during its brief career it reproduced impressive figure drawing and lithographs by Spare and others.

Hoffmann rated it it was amazing Sep 11, He tortured himself before the first spars and would have inspired the surrealist movement had he been discovered early enough. Thus Spake Zarathustra for a new century. Spare’s art is abnormal, unhealthy, wildly fantastic and unintelligible”.

Anathema of Zos by Austin Osman Spare

No trivia or quizzes yet. Lists with This Book. This page was last edited on 1 Novemberat Brian Mccall rated it liked it Oct 20, Books by Austin Osman Spare. Following austun victory of Britain and its allies, Spare had moved into a small flat at 8 Gilbert Place in BloomsburyCentral London, where he lived alone; although they never gained a divorceSpare had separated from his wife Eily, who had begun a relationship with another man.

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Spare was often described as “down-to-earth” by friends, who often made note of his kindness. Conrad Drecc rated it really liked it Dec 29, His funeral was paid for by his friend Hannen Swaffer, and he was buried alongside his father at St.

It is far easier to imitate an epigram than to invent one. Here, they became neighbours to Spare’s osmab friend Sylvia Pankhurstwith Spare also befriending several local Jewsreading works of Jewish literature such as the Zohar and The Song of Solomon in osmna to impress them. If its desire to fly had been conscious, it would have had to wait till it could have done so by the same means as ourselves, i. Like most young men he seems to take himself somewhat too seriously”.


A superb figurative artist in the mystical tradition, Spare may be regarded as one of the last English Symbolists, anathhema closely his great influence George Frederick Watts. Eleanor26th rated it liked it Jan 17, Refresh and try again. The show was the last West End show Spare would have for 17 years.

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From his early years, Spare developed his own magico-religious philosophy which has come to be known as the Zos Kia Cultus also Zos—Kia Cultus[] a term coined by the occultist Kenneth Grant. Power The Antichrist rated it liked it Oct 22, Journalists from the British press took a particular interest in his work, highlighting the fact that, at anatbema years of age, he was the youngest artist in the exhibition, with some erroneously claiming that he was the youngest artist to ever exhibit at the show.


Rejecting Christianity and developing an interest in western esotericismhe read several books on Theosophy by Madame Blavatskynamely Isis Unveiledand wanting to explore the topic further, he also read the works of prominent occultists Cornelius Agrippa and Eliphas Levi. He would teach a little from January to June, then up to the end of October, would finish various works, and from the beginning of November to Christmas would hang his products in the living-room, bedroom, and kitchen of his flat in the Borough.

There are differing accounts as to where the wedding took place, with Spare claiming that it occurred in St George’s, Hanover Squareosmsn later biographer Phil Baker suggested that it might instead have been at St George’s Register Office.

Spare’s spiritualist legacy was largely maintained by his friend, the Thelemite author Kenneth Grant in the latter part of the 20th century, and his beliefs regarding sigils provided a key austinn on the chaos magic movement and Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth.

A commercial success, the works on display showed the increasing influence of Spiritualism on his thought, and included a number of portraits of prominent Spiritualists like Arthur Conan Doyle and Kate Fox-Jencken.

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Chris rated it really liked it Feb 23, Surrealism took an interest in automatism and the unconscious, just like Spare’s work, and although he did not think highly of the surrealists, he was often described at the time as a British forerunner of the surrealist movement; ksman, the reporter Hubert Nicholson ran a story on him titled “Father of Surrealism — He’s a Cockney!


Etienne Antikatastaseis rated it it was amazing Jun 22, Under certain conditions, that which is repressed can become even more powerful than that which is held in the conscious mind. It was a very successful show and led to something aathema a post-war renaissance of interest.

B rated it liked it Feb 07, Archived from the original on 12 April Joe Botha rated it really liked it Jul 07, Jesse rated it it was amazing Oct 24, Moving to various working class areas of South London over the following decades, Spare lived in poverty, but continued exhibiting his work to varying success.

Maki rated it liked it May 04, Some of Spare’s techniques, particularly the use of sigils and the creation of an “alphabet of desire” were adopted, adapted and popularized by Peter J. Thanks for telling us about the problem. James rated it it was ok Dec 24, Conrad Drecc rated it liked it Dec 29, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. For these reasons, he believed in the intimate unity between humans and other species in the animal world; this was visually reflected in his art through the iconography of the horned humanoid figures. However, Spare discontinued the magazine after the third issue, which was published in January Inwith the First World War still raging, the British government implemented the Military Service Act III, conscripting into the armed forces men who had previously been rejected on medical grounds.

Spare and the Grants became great friends, frequenting a number of London pubs together and sharing books on the subject of the esoteric. Most of the writings of Austin Osman Spare are posted here http: Edited and introduced by Frederick Carter, the book once more dealt with Spare’s mystical ideas, continuing many of the themes explored in The Book of Pleasure. Spare’s work is evidently that of young man of talent. Open Preview See a Problem?