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Important Winter Sale: Hilma af Klint

Important Winter Sale presents

Hilma Af Klint, 'Morgon' (Morning).

Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) has taken the art world by storm - many decades after her death. Today, she is one of the world's most beloved artists. Born in Stockholm, Hilma af Klint studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. She established herself as a respected artist, exhibiting figurative paintings. Remarkable from an artistic perspective is the evolution Hilma af Klint's style of painting up to 1906. Until the age of 40, she mainly paints portraits and landscapes, botanical studies and commissions. Without any progressive transition, she then switches from traditional painting to creating in a free and unconventional way.

After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in 1887, she shared a studio but two students in the so-called The studio building at Hamngatan 5 at Kungsträdgården in Stockholm. The watercolor titled "Morgon" is an early work, a harmonious summer landscape from the island of Adelsö, where she grew up. The artist has noted the price of 40 Swedish crowns in pencil verso. The style is naturalistic and gives no indication of the sensational transition to abstract painting that was to follow.

Now 90 years later, it is clear that Hilma af Klint has taken the art world by storm. From being virtually unknown, she has taken her place among the modern painters and her work is considered groundbreaking. She has, long after her death, redrawn the map of early abstract art, both in Sweden and internationally.

Hilma af Klint's dream of a spiral-shaped venue that would house the Paintings for the Temple has in a way come true. In 2019, the exhibition Hilma af Klint - Paintings for the Future opened at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. The celebrated exhibition attracted a record crowd of 600,000 spectators who patiently queued outside the characteristic spiral-shaped building.

Today, Hilma af Klint is more relevant than ever, her life and work has been celebrated in exhibitions, films, VR experiences and now most recently in an NFT-series.

Images: *"Morgon" (Morning), Signature, Hilma af Klint in the studio at Hamngatan in Stockholm c. 1885, The studio house with Blanche's Café at Hamngatan in Stockholm, Hilma af Klint exhibition view, Moderna Museet, 2013

The work is sold at the Important Winter Sale.
Estimate 80 000 - 100 000 SEK.

Viewing: December 1 – 6th, Berzelii Park, Stockholm.
Open: Mon–Fri 11 AM – 18 PM, Sat – Sun 11 AM – 16 PM.
Auction: December 7 – 9th, Arsenalsgatan 2, Stockholm.

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