Hilma af Klint Catalogue Raisonné Volume I: Spiritualistic Drawings (1896-1905) | Edited by: Kurt Almqvist

The first instalment in an epic and authoritative seven-volume Hilma af Klint catalogue raisonné: how the pioneering abstractionist’s early drawings rose from spiritual practices conducted with friends.

The drawings in this first volume of a new catalogue raisonné represent an intense ten-year period of Hilma af Klint's (1862-1944) life that would lay the foundation for her later achievements. In 1896, af Klint and four other women formed 'The Five', a group steeped in the spiritualist beliefs permeating Europe at that time, including theosophy, Rosicrucianism and other strains of liberal religious thought. From 1896 to 1907, The Five engaged in a daily systematic method of spiritual experimentation. During séances, Hilma af Klint drew automatic spiritual sketches based on the messages that the medium communicated from the spirits the group summoned. The elaborate system of symbols, geometry and biological imagery that characterise her work all find their origin during this period.

This handsomely produced clothbound volume collects these paintings in the first of a projected and collectible seven-volume catalogue raisonné that will present the entirety of af Klint’s work in its dazzling totality for the first time. Produced in cooperation with the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation.

32.2 x 25cm
220 pages


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