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The three altarpieces by Hilma af Klint and the path to wholeness

Hilma af Klint, altar no. 3

By on 16 July 2020

The male way

Altar no. 1

Male wholeness: out of matter and the body into the freedom and vastness of the spirit, to love and consciousness.

The female way

Altar no. 2

Feminine wholeness: From spirit, from "heaven" down to earth through devotion to life, and further down, to the underworld .

Hilma af Klint, altar no. 3

Altar no. 3

Wholeness as a unity of male and female, within the framework of the four elements and with the self as the centre.

The altarpieces by Hilma af Klint

The three altarpieces by Hilma af Klint have strong symbolism and represent wholeness as a unity of male and female. The Swedish artist Hilma af Klint, who lived 100 years ago, is considered a pioneer of abstract art. The three altarpieces are at the heart of her inspired artistic work. Each painting measures around 2.6 x 3.5 meters. The painting "Altar No. 3" (1915) has the symbol of the self in the middle.

Symbols of wholeness in the altarpieces

The triangles as a guide to wholeness

The masculine and feminine path in the altarpieces of Hilma af Klint

A triangle as a triad also represents wholeness. The triangle with the tip pointing upwards symbolizes male wholeness, the triangle with the tip pointing downwards symbolizes female wholeness. The triangles point the way like arrows. The path of the man (altar no. 1) leads from the bondage of matter to the freedom of the spirit (soul, love). The path of the woman (altar no.2) leads from the realm of spirit down into matter by giving life and taking her power from her body. 

The golden circle or ball - wholeness

Hilma av Klint's altarpieces: wholeness as a goal

Wholeness arises from the union of male and female in love. Wholeness in earthly existence stands within the framework of the four elements (clockwise: water, air, fire and earth for soul and body for man and woman, see altar no. 3).

Hilma af Klint, Altar No. 3 (detail)

The centre - the self

The centre of wholeness is the force that can unite and hold together the opposing energies of male and female: love. It is the resting pole in existence around which life revolves and is identical with the Self or God in man.

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