Hilma af Klint revisited. Part III: Anna Cassel, Hilma’s ‘other half’
Published: Wednesday, 04 April 2018 13:22
Marty Bax – the Netherlands
[This article is reproduced with kind permission from the author, Dr. Marty Bax.(see photo above) It previously appeared here: http://baxpress.blogspot.com.br/2017/05/hilma-af-klint-revisited-part-iii-anna.htmlThe piece is notrevised by Theosophy Forward’s editors]
This time I want to draw Anna Cassel into the limelight. Anna has frequently been mentioned only as as Hilma’s life-long friend and artist-colleague, but again, only fleetingly. From 1882-1887 they attended the Stockholm academy Anna from 1880, Hilma from 1882 onwards. One of their teachers was Count Georg von Rosen (1843-1923). Members of his larger family became members of the Edelweissförbundet.
Anna Cassel in 1897
Anna, as said, grew up in extreme wealth. Anna, fragile-looking with light reddish hair and always youthful in appearance, had a strong and generous personality. She had both a strong sense of ethics and a passion for art. But she also had a weak health. She suffered from severe asthma and had to retreat to sanatoriums or to the West-coast to recover from bouts.
Before 1908, while recovering from an asthma attack, she met Karl-Erik Öhman, son of a wealthy trader, who also suffered from severe lung problems and had already visited many sanatoriums in Europe. Öhman later became member of the board of the mine Surahammars Bruk.
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