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).