Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) was a Swedish painter. While her naturalistic landscapes were shown during her lifetime, her abstract paintings were not exhibited until 1986, more than forty years after she died.
"What a remarkable intellectual and aesthetic feast it is!
Multifaceted, rich in the history of both art and spirituality, the
book presents the abstract work of Swedish artist Hilma af Klint.
Klint is known for having produced abstract art many years in
advance of the formal Abstract art movement. Notes and Methods not
only reproduces her strikingly immersive artwork but also brings to
life its unexpected spiritual underpinnings in the Theosophy
"The book broadens an understanding of af Klint's visual vocabulary from the late 1800s through the first two decades of the 1900s. The dominance of images provides the reader with the breadth of her artistic concerns and some of the underlying structures in her work. The book also expounds on af Klint's myriad interests in science, mathematics, esotericism, and mysticism. Art history is only now beginning to dig deeper into af Klint's life and work. This book and the Guggenheim Museum's exhibition catalog Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future (2018) will be the definitive texts on the artist for years to come."--Art Libraries Society of North America
"The remarkable, welcome thing about Burgin's Notes and Methods is that it lets af Klint speak for herself. . . . In book form, unified in size and material, and made intimate and flippable, the paintings reveal themselves differently than they do when hung on a wall and interrupted by architecture: they take on an overall rhythm, and the shifts between abstraction and figuration become fluid rather than clunky."--New York Review of Books