Das Zentzum allen Lebens: In Hilma af Klint’s Werk

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Hilma af Klint was a Swedish artist who is now recognized as a pioneer of abstract art. She was born on October 26, 1862, in Stockholm, Sweden, and died on October 21, 1944. Af Klint’s work, however, remained largely unknown to the broader public until many decades after her death.

Af Klint began her artistic training at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm. She primarily painted landscapes, portraits, and botanical illustrations, following the artistic conventions of her time. However, af Klint’s style and interests began to diverge from academic norms. As she became increasingly involved in spiritualism and theosophy, both greatly influenced her artistic practice.


Ahead of the Avantgarde

In the early 20th century, af Klint, along with a group of like-minded women artists called “The Five” or “De Fem,” began conducting séances and exploring spiritualist practices, believing that they were receiving messages from the spirit world. These spiritual experiences profoundly influenced af Klint’s art, leading her to create a vast body of abstract paintings that she believed were representations of higher spiritual truths and cosmic forces.

Af Klint’s abstract works, which she created in a series titled “Paintings for the Temple,” were groundbreaking for their time. They predated the more well-known abstract works of artists such as Wassily Kandinsky and Kazimir Malevich by several years. Af Klint’s abstract compositions often featured geometric shapes, vibrant colors, and intricate symbols, all imbued with spiritual significance.

And Late recognition

Despite the revolutionary nature of her work, af Klint chose to keep much of it private during her lifetime. By believing that the world was not yet ready to understand or accept her art, she permitted the publication of her art till the late 1970’s. As a result, her abstract paintings remained largely unseen by the public until the 1980s, when they were finally exhibited and gained recognition for their innovative and ahead-of-their-time qualities.

Today, Hilma af Klint is celebrated as a visionary artist whose abstract compositions not only challenged the conventions of her time but also anticipated many developments in 20th-century abstract art. Her work continues to captivate audiences with its beauty, complexity and spiritual depth. Securing her place as a pioneering figure in the history of modern art.


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