Artists Sidney Nolan, Winslow Homer, and Hilma af Klint all continue to wield a massive influence over the world of fine art, yet they’re as different from one another as the places that formed them.
One of Australia’s leading artists of the past century, Nolan is often linked with his hometown of Melbourne. Meanwhile, Homer, perhaps America’s most iconic landscape painter, is inextricably linked to coastal Maine. Then there’s af Klint, the Swedish artist and mystic known for her abstract pieces, who lived a life of spiritual yearning in Stockholm.
Here’s a look at how these three artists were inspired by the destinations they’re most associated with.
HILMA AF KLINT’S
Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) was more than an artist to her devotees. She was something akin to a mystic, one who, according to numerous scholars and academics, was among the first Western artists to produce abstract art. Through striking compositions of shapes and symbols, af Klint presented philosophical and spiritual concepts in physical form on canvas.