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Swedish artist and mystic whose paintings were among the first abstract art.... her paintings, which sometimes resembled diagrams, were a visual representation of complex spiritual ideas. (Wikipedia)
"...a pioneer of art that turned away from visible reality. By 1906, she had developed an abstract imagery. ...several years before Kandinsky, Mondrian and Malevich, who are still regarded as the pioneers of abstract 20th-century art. Klint assumed that there was a spiritual dimension to life and aimed at visualizing contexts beyond what the eye can see. When painting, she believed that she was in contact with a higher consciousness that spoke and conveyed messages through her.... left more than 1,000 paintings, watercolors and sketches. Exhibited her early representational works, but refused to show her abstract paintings during her lifetime. Stipulated in her will that these groundbreaking works must not be shown publicly until 20 years after her death. She was convinced that only then would the world be fully and completely ready to understand their significance. (Artblart.com)
... somehow af Klint's esoteric way of life is problematic in the history of art. Given the time and place these works were conceived, their radical aesthetic ingenuity is astounding. Our 21st century eyes may find it tempting to simply gloss over her extreme beliefs in order to fix our view on the sensuous, mellowness of these paintings. Exchanging the kooky gibberish for the purely visual.... (http://metropolism.com/reviews/the-secret-painter/english)