Hidden Painting, the 'Oversoul' by Emil Bisttram, Renowned Painter and Organizer of Transcendental Painting Group, Released to Public

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Many in the art community have wondered where this painting, the 'Oversoul' has been for the last 30 years. Safe in the hands of a private collector, it is now being released to usher in the New Era along with two lithographs, 'At Onement' and 'Creative Forces'.

Bisttram and fellow artist, Raymond Jonson, are well known as the organizers of the Transcendental Painting Group, an association of non-objective painters active in New Mexico from 1938-1942. The group promoted abstract paintings that would free viewers from the constraints of daily life and political affairs.

Bisttram, who worked under famed artist and humanitarian, Nicholas Roerich, imbued his works with a subtle, spiritual quality. His painting, The Oversoul, is now under the provenance of Aaron Payne Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fe, NM and is available for public viewing and sale.

"This painting is a remarkable discovery after all these years when many in the esoteric art community have wondered where it was. I believe the timing of its release is significant to spiritual seekers worldwide," said an art collector, who saw it first hand at the gallery and wished to remain anonymous.

Emil Bisttram sought a New art for a New World Order, and he wrote of universalism and "the essential Oneness of all things," as replacing the mechanistic, dualistic concepts of the past. He spoke out against abstract art as a means of producing simple aesthetic emotion through the psychological impact of pure form and color. Instead, he argued that artists should stimulate deeper ideas and intuitions and thereby make a "significant contribution to the development of our culture and the advance of civilization."

Bisttram became deeply involved with mystical ideas and was attracted to the Theosophical Movement during the 1920s, while living in New York City. Theosophy is a universal theology that Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky synthesized with Eastern spiritual ideas during the late-nineteenth century. Blavatsky, from a Russian noble family, studied in Tibet from 1868-1870 and then promoted her message of the knowledge of the divine. Bisttram also became fascinated with a mathematical ratio called the "golden section," or the "divine proportion," thought to have spiritual powers.

In his paintings and lithographs, the use of symmetry and proportion within each composition are deeply symbolic.


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