Hilma af Klint, “History Adorned” series
Hilma af Klint (1862 – 1944) was an introspective Swedish abstract artist who illustrated Theosophy. Many now consider af Klint the first abstract artist. She received a traditional education at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Sweden. After graduation, she joined the Theosophical Society led by Helena Blavatsky. With four other ladies, she formed “The Five”, a spiritualist group dedicated to communicating with a higher master though séances. Af Klint developed visual symbols and diagrams to express a metaphysical world. In 1904, she claimed she was instructed to paint a series of paintings for “The Temple”. In total, she created 193 works that fall into several categories. She had little success showing during her lifetime. Af Klint’s will stipulated that the series stay together and be kept hidden for 20 years. Her work is now maintained by the Hilma af Klint Foundation in Stockholm and has received enthusiastic response through international exhibitions, most recently at the Guggenheim Museum in 2019.
12 in x 12 in x 1 in