Hilma af Klint Catalogue Raisonné Volume I: Spiritualistic Drawings (1896-1905)


How af Klint’s early drawings rose from spiritual practices conducted with friends: the first volume in a beautiful new catalogue raisonné


ISBN: 9789189069237 Category:

Daniel Birnbaum, Kurt Almqvist


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 (not always the same member) 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.

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Weight 2749 g
Dimensions 25.5 x 31.7 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 April 2021
Number of pages 220
Format Hardback
Dimensions 25.5 x 31.7 cm
Weight 2749 g


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Kurt Almqvist is the President of Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit. Daniel Birnbaum is an art critic and artistic director of Acute Art in London and former director of the Moderna Museet, Stockholm.