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The Art and Life of Hilma af Klint

Ylva Hillström, Karin Eklund


Tells the story of Hilma af Klint, who created the first-ever abstract paintings, showing people an invisible world

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Hilma af Klint was born in Sweden in 1862. She would grow up to be an artist, and her life would be filled with magic and mystery. Hilma lived at a time when people were fascinated by what they couldn’t see. The invention of the telegraph and telephone made it possible to communicate over long distances, and spiritualists believed it was possible to speak with the dead.

When Hilma began to hear the spirits, she found a new purpose for her paintings. For nearly one hundred years her paintings were forgotten, but when they were rediscovered they changed the history of art.

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'A significant contribution to the history of women artists'
Kirkus Reviews

'A wild ride [that] pulls readers into the story making them yearn to discover more about this spiritual, artistic young woman… A welcome and riveting tale of an often overlooked artist, interesting enough to engage any age, from elementary to high school'
School Library Journal (starred review)

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 28.0 x 21.0 cm

Extent: 64 pp

Publication date: 1 November 2022

ISBN: 9780500653173

About the Author

Ylva Hillström is a curator at the Modern Art Museum in Stockholm. She was involved in the major Hilma af Klint exhibition in Stockholm in 2013. Karin Eklund has an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art. She wrote and illustrated the book Kids Yoga, which was long-listed for the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2018.

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