Hilma af Klint (Swedish, 1862-1944)
Altarpiece Number 1, Group X, 1907
Hilma af Klint’s paintings are diagrams of a spiritual plane that underlies the visual world. She was a member of a small group of women who would meet to access religious spirits with knowledge of the afterlife.
Gregor, one of the spiritual masters she contacted during these meetings, said to her that the paintings represent "All the knowledge that is not of the senses, not of the intellect, not of the heart but is the property that exclusively belongs to the deepest aspect of your being […] the knowledge of your spirit."
Altarpiece Number 1 was intended to display in the Goetheanum, Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual center in Switzerland. It never reached this destination, so the painting survived the Goetheanum fire of 1923.
According to her wishes, Hilma af Klint’s paintings were kept secret from the public until 20 years after her death.