The Art and Life of Hilma af Klint - Ylva Hillstrom and Karin Eklund

Thames & Hudson


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The Art and Life of Hilma af Klint by Ylva Hillström, illustrated by Karin Eklund / ISBN 9780500653173 / 64-page hardcover picture book, 8.5 x 11.5 inches, published in 2023 by Thames & Hudson


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 has generally been 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 was the subject of the highest-attended single exhibition in the Guggenheim’s history, Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future.

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 enchanting life and work of this groundbreaking artist.

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