Hilma af Klint: A Pioneer of Abstraction V
Primordeal Chaos, painted 1906-07. From an exhibition at Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) was a Swedish artist and a pioneer of art that turned away from visible reality. By 1906, she had developed an abstract imagery. This was several years before Kandinsky, Mondrian and Malevich, who are still regarded as the pioneers of abstract 20th-century art. Hilma af Klint assumed there was a spiritual dimension to life and aimed at visualizing contexts beyond what the eye can see.
Between 1906 and 1915, Hilma af Klint created her central oeuvre, her "Paintings for the Temple". It comprises of 193 paintings in various series and groups.