Theosophy: The Genesis of Abstract Art

The Ten Largest, No. 2, Childhood

Theosophy has had a significant influence on the pioneers of abstract art. In the 1890s, interest in the occult and mysticism began to influence abstract painting. Thus, artists at the beginning of the 20th century were breaking from tradition and representational art. Most notably, Swedish artist Hilma af Klint was recently credited as the true pioneer of abstraction, with her work predating that of Wassily Kandinsky. Join us as we look at the connection between Theosophy and art and how it opened the doors for free creative expression and originality.

Jane P. Savage is an artist and designer based in Portland, Oregon. For most of her professional career, she had a successful tenure as a design leader at a Fortune 100 company. From 2014 to 2016 she moved with her family to Paris, France where she spent much of her time visiting the many art museums and galleries while working on her own art. Upon returning to the United States, Jane has served as an advisor, mentor, investor, and partner to start-up enterprises. She’s also an active mentor to high school students in Portland Public schools, passionate about helping others to unlock their own potential as they forge their paths into the future.

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