In the 1890s, Hilma af Klint began meeting regularly with a group of female artists who together became known as “The Five”. The Five practiced various forms of spiritualism, believing they could communicate with a higher consciousness. Af Klint thought herself directed by this otherworldly force to create a group of paintings called The Ten Largest for “The Temple”, an entity never wholly defined or understood. Standing at a colossal 10 feet high and 8 feet wide, each painting in the series represents a different phase of life from early childhood to old age. Botanical and biomorphic forms float in a diagram heavy with symbolism and alive with meditative movement. By the early 1900s, af Klint had developed a distinct spiritual style hallmarked by the interplay of the natural and supernatural. Stylistically unbound to the artistic conventions of the time, No. 2 is one of the first examples of abstract art.
"Af Klint’s Paintings for the Temple includes her 1907 The Ten Largest series—ten-foot-high pieces covered with buoyant organic shapes and vibrant colors channeling the lifecycle of a person. Three of these are now available on 20x200: The Ten Largest, No. 2, Childhood, Group IV (today’s new addition) is effervescent with young energy in its circular shapes; The Ten Largest, No. 3, Youth, Group IV is more complex but just as lively, with spiraling lines reminiscent of the intuitive flow of automatic drawing looping through colorful forms; and in The Ten Largest, No. 7, Adulthood, Group IV, a colossal curved yellow form is surrounded by an elaborate gathering of shapes, words, and numbers, all painted against a lavender background. To fully comprehend these works, it’s crucial to take af Klint’s spiritual appetite into consideration. Recognizing the sacred aspect of af Klint’s art also acknowledges the prominence of Spiritualism in the 19th and early 20th centuries in mainstream society" ... Read more from Allison Meier on the blog!
+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available
Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.
Museo Portfolio Rag
10"x8" | edition of 10
14"x11" | edition of 250
20"x16" | edition of 50
30"x24" | edition of 10
40"x30" | edition of 5