Artwork Title: Group 1, No. 16, Chaos - Artist Name: Hilma Af KlintArtwork Title: Group 1, No. 16, Chaos - Artist Name: Hilma Af Klint

Group 1, No. 16, Chaos, 1906-1907

Hilma Af Klint

“Af Klint’s many notebooks, which expound and elaborate on the sometimes enigmatic symbology of her work, offer a codex to this system,” Daniel Birnbaum and Emma Enderby write in their essay Painting the Unseen, in the catalogue.... “Logarithmic spirals and tendrils represent evolution; the letter ‘U’ stands for the spiritual world, opposing ‘W’ for matter; the ancient vesica piscis (the intersection of two overlapping discs) signifies its traditional theme of unity, creation and the inviolability of geometry. The color yellow and roses stand for masculinity; the color blue and lilies denote femininity.” With this complex language of colors and symbols, Af Klint's work becomes instantly more readable. It was a pursuit for “oneness”, the pair continue: in it, green represents the merging of yellow and blue, or male and female, or good and evil, becoming the ultimate aim. (


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