Svanen No. 9

by hilma af klint

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      The captivating Svanen No. 9 or The Swan No. 9 was painted by Hilma af Klint in 1915. Af Klint created the enigmatic series called The Swan which resemble diagrams and visual representations of complex spiritual ideals in the form of swansThe Swan No. 9 depicts a mirrored-repeated symbol with a focal point of a intricate circle at the left apex of this abstract reproduction, where af Klint has assigned opposing colour groups to each curving arm. The symbol of the swan was particularly important in af Klints occult symbolism representing the "tail-end of every important cycle in human history and standing for the union of opposites"The Swan No. 9 is a futuristic turn of the century reproduction worthy of a special place in a living room or bedroom setting. 
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The Artist

HILMA af KLINT

Hilma af Klint (1862 - 1944) was a Swedish artist and mystic who hid some 1200 paintings during her active years and life. 

Klint studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm for five years and lived off the income she made from her more conventional paintings (of portraiture and landscapes) whilst her 'life's work' remained hidden.  The hidden works were inspired by the Theosophical Movement founded by Madame Blavatsky a modernist search for new forms in artistic, spiritual, political and scientific systems, which resembled diagrams and visual representations of complex spiritual ideas which predate the first purely abstract compositions by Wassily Kandinsky.

Hilma Klint specified that her work should be kept secret for at least 20 years after her death. When the boxes were opened at the end of the 1960s, very few people had knowledge of what would be inside.  A considerable body of her abstract paintings were revealed and subsequently celebrated and are now exhibited at the Moderna Museet museum in Stockholm, Sweden.


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