Hilma af Klint

1862 - 1944

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Hilma af Klint (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈhɪ̂lːma ˈɑːv ˈklɪnːt]; 26 October 1862 – 21 October 1944) was a Swedish artist and mystic whose paintings are considered among the first abstract works known in Western art history. A considerable body of her work predates the first purely abstract compositions by Kandinsky, Malevich and Mondrian. She belonged to a group called "The Five", comprising a circle of women inspired by Theosophy, who shared a belief in the importance of trying to contact the so-called "High Masters"—often by way of séances. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hilma af Klint has received more than 1,426,380 page views. Her biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Hilma af Klint is the 165th most popular painter (up from 247th in 2019), the 68th most popular biography from Sweden (up from 96th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Swedish Painter.

Hilma af Klint is most famous for her abstract paintings and drawings. She was a Swedish artist who was a pioneer of abstract art.

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Among painters, Hilma af Klint ranks 165 out of 2,023Before her are Édouard-Henri Avril, Jacob Jordaens, Gentile Bellini, Jacob van Ruisdael, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, and Théodore Rousseau. After her are Edward Hopper, William Hogarth, Chaim Soutine, Niko Pirosmani, Gustave Caillebotte, and Maurice Utrillo.

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Among people born in 1862, Hilma af Klint ranks 11Before her are Philipp Lenard, Gerhart Hauptmann, Allvar Gullstrand, Arthur Schnitzler, O. Henry, and Aristide Briand. After her are Niko Pirosmani, Victoria of Baden, William Henry Bragg, Pyotr Stolypin, Joseph Merrick, and Helene Schjerfbeck. Among people deceased in 1944, Hilma af Klint ranks 24Before her are Marc Bloch, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, Ludwig Beck, Ernst Thälmann, Chūichi Nagumo, and Florence Foster Jenkins. After her are Milena Jesenská, Galeazzo Ciano, Louis Renault, Henning von Tresckow, Wang Jingwei, and Friedrich Olbricht.

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In Sweden

Among people born in Sweden, Hilma af Klint ranks 68 out of 1,879Before her are Björn Borg (1956), Henning Mankell (1948), Anders Jonas Ångström (1814), Zlatan Ibrahimović (1981), Sven-Göran Eriksson (1948), and Arne Tiselius (1902). After her are Dolph Lundgren (1957), Theodor Svedberg (1884), Eyvind Johnson (1900), Verner von Heidenstam (1859), Louise of Sweden (1851), and Princess Birgitta of Sweden (1937).

Among PAINTERS In Sweden

Among painters born in Sweden, Hilma af Klint ranks 2Before her are Carl Larsson (1853). After her are Alexander Roslin (1718), John Bauer (1882), Bruno Liljefors (1860), Martin van Meytens (1695), Eugène Jansson (1862), Odd Nerdrum (1944), Richard Bergh (1858), Gustaf Cederström (1845), Eva Bonnier (1857), and Fanny Brate (1861).