A shot from the film Tokyo Story by Yasujirō Ozu

The Transcendental Style of Yasujirō Ozu

Hilma af Klint is acknowledged as the world’s first contemporary artist based on her ability to fuse metaphysical influence with her innate artistic genius. Her geometric drawings, made in the 20th century, captured a distinctive style that was more daring, sophisticated and epic than anybody had seen before. Most of her paintings were produced in response to a spiritual mission. They were created to express transcendental perceptions of life through abstract compositions and color scales. Similarly, Wassily Kandinsky’s book Concerning the Spiritual in Art posed the theory that the spiritual could be represented with various shapes and colors.