The Swedish artist Hilma Af Klint, member of the Royal Academy, created the first abstract paintings of modern art history in 1907, in complete secret, and years before Kandinsky or Mondrian.
She practiced spiritism with 4 other women "The 5” including her lifelong artist friend Anna Cassel and the medium Sigrid Hedman. The artworks were "automatically" painted, following the guidance of the "High Masters”. Hilma painted 193 works "for the Temple" between 1906 and 1915, including Altarpiece nº 1 in 1915.
She kept them hidden and asked that they remained as such for 20 years after her passing. Thanks to the art historian Åke Fant, her art was introduced to an international audience in the 1980's and she had a retrospective at the Guggenheim in NYC in 2018-2019.
In this POST, Hilma shares the photo with her close friends who comment on the possible interpretation of the painting.
Hilma af Klint revisited, theosophyforward.com
Hilma and Rudolf, 2019, Acrylic on canvas, 14" x 11" (36 x 28 cm)