The Art and Life of Hilma af Klint


Tells the story of Hilma af Klint, who created the first-ever abstract paintings, showing people an invisible world


ISBN: 9780500653173 Category:

Ylva Hillström, Karin Eklund


The first children’s picture book on Hilma af Klint and her pioneering work.

Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) began painting her abstract and highly symbolic images as early as 1906, long before Kandinsky and Malevich arrived at what is generally regarded as the birth of modern abstract art. She was heavily influenced by spiritual ideologies and claimed that she painted on instruction from the spirit world, for the future. Until recently overlooked by art historians, she is now lauded around the world, and will be the subject of a major exhibition at Tate Modern in 2023.

This book is not only about Hilma af Klint’s art, but also about the magic that surrounded her. Brimming with quality reproductions of the artist’s work and with illustrations by Karin Eklund, it will appeal to all children wanting to learn more about the thrilling life and work of this groundbreaking artist.

Additional information

Weight 528 g
Dimensions 21.6 x 28.7 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 January 2023
Number of pages 64
Format Hardback
Dimensions 21.6 x 28.7 cm
Weight 528 g


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Ylva Hillström is a curator at the Modern Art Museum in Stockholm. She was involved in the major Hilma af Klint exhibition in Stockholm in 2013. Karin Eklund has an MA in Children's Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art. She wrote and illustrated the book Kids Yoga, which was long-listed for the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2018.