Hilma af Klint, Tree of life n°5 (c) The Hilma af Klint Foundation
This week I have had the chance to discover two wonderful exhibitions.
One was centered around Hilma af Klint. Considered to be one of the first abstract painters, she painted classical landscapes and portraits for a living, but secretly painted abstracts, under the inspiration of Spirits. Her abstract paintings were revealed to the public 40 years after her death in 1986. She uses a lot of colours and geometrical figures, circles, spirals, triangles... More here.
Peter Doig, Milky Way, (c) courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro GalleryThe other was about Peter Doig. A contemporary artist, he paints a lot of strange landscapes. Watching his work, I had the impression of seing spiritual messages everywhere, as if the landscapes and figures were distorted because seen through the eyes of the soul rather than the physical eyes. I fell in love with "Milky Way" (above) and "Grand Riviere" in which there is a white horse and... ravens ?
More on the artist here (Tate Britain).