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In light of the recent re-appraisal of Hilma af Klint's Spiritualist paintings in the history of Abstract Art, this exhibition explores the prevalence of spirituality in post-war abstraction.
The influence of "occult" Theosophy and esoteric thought upon pioneers of abstract art in the early twentieth century such as Kandinsky, Kupka, Malevich and Mondrian has been almost erased from modern art history. But it is evident that Theosophist writings such as Annie Besant & Charles Leadbeater's "Thought Forms" (1901), and "Man Visible & Invisible" (1902), along with the teachings of their protégé Rudolf Steiner, were fundamental to these artists' motivations, in giving expression to the spiritual dimension and manifesting the "universal mystery" through "art".
This exhibition looks at how spirituality continued to be an important source of inspiration for artists in the post-war years, not least Claude Bellegarde whose abstract "Chromagraph" paintings derived from spiritual resonances, linked to Besant & Leadbeater's Theosophist ideas and vibrant diagrams of aural energies along with their "Key to the meaning of colours" which defined the spiritual symbolism of the spectrum. Bellegarde became a devotee of Krishnamurti, (whose guru status had been created by Leadbeater's messianic proclamations on "discovering" him as a child.)
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Hanina Fine Arts,