Hilma af Klimt was a contemporary of Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich and Piet Mondrian. Today she is regarded as a pioneer of abstract art. Her abstract paintings pre-dated those of Kandinsky, who is historically known to be the founder of abstraction. Like Kandinsky, Malevich and Mondrian, af Klimt’s concern was for the spiritual in art. According to her wishes her works were not seen publicly until 20 years after her death. My interest in af Klimt lies in the fact that it was a woman who painted the first abstractions. af Klimt’s abstractions inform my research into abstract art.