Hilma af Klint, No. 6, Group 8, Series US, 1913 for Fire and Ice
The painting by Hilma af Klint (no. 6, group 8, series US, 1913) is an expressive visualisation of the dynamic forces of fire and ice.
It shows two large figures in the form of truncated triangles that diverge in mirror image. The upper one stands in cool ice colours on a black ground, the lower one in darker orange-red-black tones on a red ground.
The light blue-yellow triangle for ice dynamics and white magic
Ice colours on a black background
The light form is in yellow for the soul of the man and light blue for the soul of the woman (water, gaseous). It stands on a black background, which does not want to fit at all with the airy lightness. The black colour indicates that it is a deadly movement or dynamic.
On top a little white bird for the anima
The bird is used again and again as a symbol for the spirit. In the ice dynamic, the negative anima, the feminine side of power, reigns: seduction and delusion. Through exaggerated ideals and synthetic glossy beauty, she draws all life out of matter "upwards" into the lifeless coldness of a spiritualised or virtual world, where it finally freezes into motionlessness (cf. White Magic and The Snow Queen).