Hilma af Klint (October 26, 1862 – October 21, 1944) was a Swedish artist and mystic whose paintings were amongst the first abstract art.[1] A considerable body of her abstract work predates the first purely abstract compositions by Kandinsky.[2] She belonged to a group called “The Five”, a circle of women who shared her belief in the importance of trying to make contact with the so-called ‘High Masters’ – often by way of séances. Her paintings, which sometimes resemble diagrams, were a visual representation of complex spiritual ideas.

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    1. Complex spiritual ideas perhaps, but not my complex spiritual ideas. The following three posts from my blog clarify my interest in Hilma af Klint:

      It seems the notion of abstraction, at least in name, implies (ie: whatever is abstracted) is something other than what is presented as abstract, but is it not in fact precisely what it presents itself as being?

      “What images we can have, one might say, depends on who is doing the imagining.” — John Hospers, from An Introduction to Philosophical Analysis

      “In the twentieth century, science has become so technical and mathematical that the sole remaining task for philosophy is the analysis of language.” ~ Wittgenstein, 1966


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