The Exoteric and Esoteric influence of Theosophy on Art
Ever since the publication of ‘The Secret Doctrine’ in 1888, the magnum opus by the Russian Clairvoyant and Mystic, Madam Helena Petrovna Blavatsky the western world opened up to a new frontier of consciousness, earning her the sobriquet- Mother of the New Age movement.H er monumental resource –‘ Theosophy’ impacted Theologians, Thinkers, Philosophers, scientists and to no less degree the Art movement in the west. Art Historians and cultural anthropologists across the world are now beginning to unravel this profound impact of Theosophy on the art world. .Abstraction, Surrealism, Cubic Art and the Avante Garde all find their roots in this Divine wisdom which opened up a new frontier of expression and has been described as the fourth dimension to Art.
Theosophists such as HPB, Annie Besant (Thought Forms) and Rudolph Steiner became the new beacons of spiritual inspiration to these transcendental artists and the numbers are very many. A brief sketch of a few of these iconic Masters who translated the spiritual and occult in art through their creations viz Wassily Kandinsky Piet Mondrian, Wilma af klint, Nicholas Roerich, kazimir Malevich and Frantisek Kupka.