The Swan, No. 1

by Hilma af Klint

$79.00

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THE PRINT

“The pictures were painted directly through me, without preliminary drawings and with great power. I had no idea what the pictures would depict and still I worked quickly and surely without changing a single brush-stroke.” - Hilma af Klint

When Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) began creating radically abstract paintings in 1906, they were like little that had been seen before: bold, colourful, and untethered from any recognisable references to the physical world. It was several years before Vasily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian and others would take similar strides to free their own artwork of representational content. Yet af Klint rarely exhibited her groundbreaking paintings and, convinced the world was not ready for them, stipulated that they not be shown for twenty years following her death. Ultimately, her abstractions remained all but unseen until 1986.

The majestic swan symbolised the ‘grandeur of the spirit’ to Helena Blavatsky, founder of Theosophy, a spiritualist movement of great interest to Hilma af Klint; in alchemy, the swan represents the union of opposites necessary for the creation of the philosopher’s stone, a substance believed to turn base metals into gold.

In this series, af Klint blends such established symbolism with her own idiosyncratic interpretations. The first painting portrays two swans – one black (male, with yellow beak), the other white (female, with blue face and feet). This stark palette underscores the dualities of light and dark, male and female, life and death.

This premium quality giclee art print has been produced on luxurious 100% cotton rag textured art paper using archival quality inks resulting in a superior print suitable for museum or gallery display.
  • Gallery quality giclée art print
  • 300gsm 100% cotton rag textured art paper
  • Natural white with a matte finish
  • Archival inks for vivid colour and sharp detail
  • Available in multiple sizes
  • Can be purchased framed or unframed

THE ARTIST

Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) was a Swedish artist and spiritualist whose colossal works have become known as some of the first examples of abstract art. With an early interest in visual art, mathematics, and botany, af Klint attended the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm where she excelled in landscape painting and portraiture. While making a living off commission from these conventional endeavors, af Klint became greatly involved in various forms of spiritualism including Anthroposophy, Theosophy, and Rosicrucianism. In the 1890s, she met four other female artists—together, they would become known as “The Five”. The Five met regularly, believing they could communicate with a higher consciousness. These beliefs heavily influenced and even “directed” af Klint’s work. She created her first series of abstract works in 1906, predating other artists such as Kandinsky and Mondrian, who are often regarded as the “pioneers of abstraction”. Soon she began to develop a more intentional and independent expression of her ideas, incorporating biomorphic forms, mathematical proportions, and vibrant hues. Af Klint kept her abstract work hidden from her contemporaries, believing the art world was unready to fully understand it. Stipulating that it remain secret until 20 years after her death, her work was largely unknown until the 1980s. Af Klint painted for a future audience, one willing to embrace a female pioneer in the field and the holistic nature of her work.  

FRAMING


Quality art deserves quality framing. We offer a premium quality bespoke framing service that is more affordable and convenient than using your local picture framer. Your art print will be framed to the most exacting standards by our team of master framers using gallery quality materials throughout. The end result - a beautiful framed artwork designed to last a lifetime that exudes style and craftsmanship delivered right to your door.
  • Framing only available within New Zealand
  • Delivery time is approximately 7 working days
  • Artwork arrives ready to hang
  • Hardwood frames in three stylish colour options
  • 2mm premium clear float glass

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SHIPPING


NEW ZEALAND
  • All orders are sent using a tracked service via NZ Post or Post Haste.
  • Orders over $150 in value qualify for free shipping.
  • Orders under $150 in value ship at a flat rate of $8.
  • Orders for unframed art prints will arrive within 1-3 working days.
  • Orders for framed art will arrive within 7 working days.

AUSTRALIA
  • All orders are sent using a tracked service via NZ Post.
  • All orders ship at a flat rate of $19NZD.
  • Orders for unframed art prints will arrive within 5-10 working days.
  • Framed artworks can only be shipped within New Zealand.

REST OF THE WORLD
  • All orders are sent using a tracked service via NZ Post.
  • All orders ship at a flat rate of $39NZD.
  • Orders for unframed art prints will arrive within 10-15 working days.
  • Framed artworks can only be shipped within New Zealand.

PACKAGING
  • Unframed art prints are placed between sheets of acid free tissue paper before being rolled in kraft paper and placed in a heavy duty mailing tube. Tissue paper is placed at the ends to prevent movement during transit.
  • Framed artworks are encased in several layers of bubble wrap before being placed in our purpose-built heavy duty cardboard boxes specifically designed to safeguard your artwork against damage while in transit.

PAYMENT

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RETURNS

Not quite sure if this artwork will be the perfect fit for your home? Don't sweat it. If for any reason you are not totally enamoured with your new purchase you are welcome to exchange it for another artwork or return it for store credit or a refund.

  • Unframed art prints can be returned for a refund, exchange or store credit.
  • Framed artworks can be returned for store credit or an exchange.
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