"To astonish humanity" - Hilma af Klint
A radical force, ahead of her time – Hilma af Klint, pioneer of abstract painting
She created more than 1,000 paintings, drawings, and water-colors, revolutionizing art. A forerunner to Kandinsky and Mondrian, the Swedish painter Hilma af Klint created abstract works with deeply striking forms and colors. She was a fiercely independent and determined woman who refused to bow to the rules of the male-dominated art world. Klint knew she was ahead of her time: at the age of seventy, she decreed that her works should only be exhibited 20 years after her death. The rediscovery of her work has caused a sensation in the art world over the past years. In this deeply researched account of Klint’s life, Julia Voss recounts the unconventional life of this exceptional artist, destroying clichés and myths while painting a portrait of an era in which art, as well as politics, was set into turmoil.