Georgiana Houghton


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The birth of abstract art is typically associated with Kandinsky and others in the early 20th century. Houghton's work, however, predates this momentous artistic breakthrough by half a century. In this respect, she anticipates the Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862-1944), whose work is now appreciated for its significance in the early history of abstraction.Houghton was a prominent figure of the early spiritualist movement in Victorian England, which played a significant role in various spheres of 19th century culture and was later championed by such influential figures as Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Spiritualism emerged as the belief that contact with a spirit realm was possible and that such communication could bring one closer to God. Houghton, a trained artist as well as a medium, pioneered the use of drawing as a method of channeling and expressing communications with spirit entities. During the 1860s and 1870s, she produced a series of unprecedented abstract watercolors as part of her practice as a spirit medium. Houghton called these works 'spirit drawings'. Remarkably complex, layered watercolors and technically highly accomplished, their bold colors and fluid forms have a mesmerizing and deeply absorbing effect. Detailed inscriptions on the back of the works declare that her hand was guided by various spirits, including family members, several Renaissance artists, such as Titian and Correggio, and higher angelic beings. Although produced in a very different context, Houghton's abstract works have close connections to the ways in which 20th Century artists developed abstract languages of art to transcend the everyday realm of representation and consciousness.In 1871 Houghton rented a prestigious gallery space in Bond Street and presented 55 of her spirit drawings to a perplexed London audience. The critic from The Era newspaper pronounced it to be "the most astonishing exhibition in London at the present moment." The Daily News likened the works to "tangled threads of colored wool" and concluded that "they deserve to be seen as the most extraordinary and instructive example of artistic aberration."Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings will present more than 20 of these remarkable works. Unlike anything typically associated with Victorian culture, it will be a fascinating opportunity to consider their place within the history of art; both as products of their times and as precursors of radical 20th Century art.

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Author by Simon Grant
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Evenings At Home In Spiritual S Ance


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Author by Georgiana Houghton
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Evenings At Home In Spiritual Seance


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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.

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Author by Georgiana Houghton
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ISBN Number 0559174977

World Receivers


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"Abstract paintings were being produced even before Kandinsky. Completely independently from each other, Georgiana Houghton (1814-1884) in England, Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) in Sweden and Emma Kunz (1892-1963) in Switzerland developed an individual, abstract pictorial language. What they had in common was a desire to make visible the laws of nature, the intellect and the supernatural. Their works are being presented side by side for the first time in an exhibition. The three women artists all found their artistic language within the context of the spiritual movements of their times: Houghton in spiritism, af Klint in theosophy and Kunz in naturopathy. Their artworks bear witness to a 'mediumistic' praxis: Houghton and af Klint were inspired by higher beings to paint, while Kunz developed her drawings with the help of a pendulum. In addition, the volume shows stills by Harry Smith and James and John Whitney, who - inspired by various occult movements - made experimental films during the 1940s"--Publisher's website.

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Author by Karin Althaus
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ISBN Number 3777431575

Georgiana Houghton A Gift From Spirit Catalogue Of Works Held At The Victorian Spiritualists Union


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Georgiana Houghton was Spiritualist artist living and working in England in the 1860-80's. The VSU has the largest known collection of her work in the world, and as part of their 150th Anniversary celebrations is publishing a book of their collection. This catalogue is of the 35 paintings held by the VSU. It consists of one essay on Houghton's paintings in Australia and a brief history of Spiritualism in Australia including that of the VSU, plus an essay on her way of working, and a biography of Houghton, by Jeff Stewart. An Introduction by Alan Bennett and Lorraine Lee Tet. An essay from the Grimwade centre on the paint and paper and techniques used by Georgiana Houghton, and the works condition and conservation .The book is large format and full colour. Most of the 35 paintings reproduced have text by the artist on the reverse side, which is also reproduced. They are a number of full colour photographs accompanying each essay and introduction.

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Author by Lorraine Lee Tet
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Chronicles Of The Photographs Of Spiritual Beings


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Author by Georgiana Houghton
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Modernism S History


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Encompassing movements from post-impressionism to post-modernism, eminent and widely published art historian Bernard Smith has written a sweeping history, a reformulation of art history in the twentieth century.

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Author by Bernard Smith
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ISBN Number 0868407445

Early And Contemporary Spirit Artists Psychic Artists And Medium Painters From 5 000 B C To The Present Day History Study Analysis


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EARLY AND CONTEMPORARY SPIRIT ARTISTS, PSYCHIC ARTISTS AND MEDIUM PAINTERS FROM 5,000 B.C. TO THE PRESENT DAY. History, Study, Analysis. Scientifical, Psychological, Philosophical, Artistical, and Metaphysical Study of Mediumship in Art (730 Pages). Published by Times Square Press, New York. This is the University-Economy Edition. Also available in Museum Edition, a collector's item, deluxe edition in full colors printed on glossy, heavy stock paper. Also available in ebook edition in 3 volumes. This is a world's premiere; the first encyclopedic book on this subject, ever printed. Authoritative, comprehensive, documented, fully illustrated, and rich in content, analysis, historical presentation, and comparative studies of all the facets and genre of Spirit Art, Psychic Art, and Mediumistic Art. A true treasure. For more information, contact Marla Cohen at [email protected]

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Author by Maximillien de Lafayette
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Early Contemporary Spirit Artists Psychic Artists Medium Painters From 5 000 B C To The Present Day History Study Analysis Museum Ed V1


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EARLY AND CONTEMPORARY SPIRIT ARTISTS, PSYCHIC ARTISTS AND MEDIUM PAINTERS FROM 5,000 B.C. TO THE PRESENT DAY. History, Study, Analysis. MUSEUM EDITION, Volume I from a set of 2 volumes. Scientifical, Psychological, Philosophical, Artistical, and Metaphysical Study of Mediumship in Art. Published by Times Square Press, New York. This is the Museum Edition, a collector's item, deluxe edition in full colors printed on glossy, heavy stock paper. Also available in University-Economy Edition at a very reduced price. Also available in ebook edition in 2 volumes. This is a world's premiere; the first encyclopedic book on this subject, ever printed. Authoritative, comprehensive, documented, fully illustrated, and rich in content, analysis, historical presentation, and comparative studies of all the facets and genre of Spirit Art, Psychic Art, and Mediumistic Art. A true treasure. For more information, contact Marla Cohen at [email protected]

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Author by Maximillien de Lafayette
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Houghton Ancestors Hard Cover Version


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John Houghton (1624-1684), son of John Houghton, was born in England. He married Beatrix Joselyn (1625-1720) in Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire, England. They immigrated to America in 1647 and settled in Massachusetts. Ancestors, descendants and relatives lived mainly in England, Massachusetts, Illinois and Wisconsin.

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Author by William D. Houghton
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