Sunday, April 10, 2016

Theosophical Mystery

Mysterious Theosophical Illustrations! My friend found fourteen of these at a yard sale recently. So beautiful! The one above is called Eternal Energy. We've tried to discover more about them but to no avail.
What we have gleaned is that they are circa 1930. Divine Breath is below

 They were printed as a set in Italy in Torino by Vincenzo Bono. The print underneath is called Reincarnation.
 This one  is The Light of the Soul. What you see as ochre yellow is actually gleaming gold!
 Kether,the Crown. Would LOVE to know who the artist was, who had them published, basically anything at all.Anonymous seems to be the only credit given.
 The Grail
 The Portal of Initiation. Cannot find anything other than circa 1930.
 The Central Spiritual Sun. I also saw them called Sacred Geometric Illustrations.
These are interesting mysteries of Art. Anyone have any info? Want to be a detective for me? Mystery of Life below

4 comments:

Sue Marrazzo said...

so so cool and unique

aliceinparis said...

Sue yes! They are fascinating. I wish I knew more

Chris Aucoin said...

Hello.

Today I found/bought a partial set off these prints (7 of the original 14) in Halifax. After much online mining (which is how I found your page) I think I found the artist: Olga Fröbe-Kapteyn (19 October 1881 – 1962) was a Dutch artist and theosophist, and associate of Carl Jung. She is best known as the founder of the Eranos Foundation that holds annual meetings of scholars. The images are likely from the 1930s (though the prints I bought might be from later - possibly as late as 1960s?) and there are other sets that have a similar style and palette but different themes (just google her name and you'll find more images - especially on sacred forms of the feminine from diverse cultures).

BTW you can order reproduction of images form this series (though the site does not list any artist name) at http://www.allposters.com/-sp/Geometric-Art-Deco-Posters_i5059169_.htm

Cheers,
Chris, Halifax

Anonymous said...

They were done by the Theosophist Olga Fröbe-Kapteyn.