Hilma af Klint was a Swedish painter and pioneer in work-based painting. She was part of a group of religious artists called the Five and who worked with an abstract and symbolic design language based on inspiration from above all theosophy. Her abstract painting foreshadowed artists such as Vasily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian. She is one of the artists who only received attention and recognition long after her death.
Hilma af Klint was born on October 26, 1862 at Karlberg Castle in Solna, Stockholm. Hilma af Klint's most central work is the series The Paintings for the Temple, which she created during the years 1906-1915. They consist of 193 paintings, divided into a number of series. Hilma af Klint's paintings are not just aesthetic works of art, but filled with symbols that can be interpreted. The paintings can be interpreted as messages from, or as portals to, another dimension.