Jose Dávila

Vogue 2019

Hilma Af Klint (1862–1944)

By Jose Dávila (Guadalajara, 1974)

Archival pigment print

« It was, for the time, a new approach to painting. It undoubtedly took a lot of courage and freedom to follow one's own artistic path away from the great currents dictated at the time by male painters. »

Inspired by theosophy, Hilma af Klint is said to have invented non-figurative painting in 1906, years before Vassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevitch and Piet Mondrian, whom art history nevertheless remembers as the pioneers of abstract art. His mystical and avant-garde works were not rediscovered until 1986 and are now the subject of a retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.