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Ivan Aguéli was a prominent Swedish modernist artist, philosopher and mystic who lived in the late 19th and early 20th century. Aguéli's relationship with his father was complex and marked by tension. Although Aguéli's father recognized his son's talent, he disapproved of his decision to pursue art full-time and pressured him to choose a more practical career. This pressure from his father caused significant stress for Aguéli, who struggled to reconcile his passion for art with the expectations of his family. As a result of this tension, Aguéli became increasingly isolated from his family and began to explore alternative spiritual and philosophical beliefs. These alternative beliefs included Sufism, Swedenborgianism and syndicalism which advocated for alternative social structures. This led to further conflict with his father who was a conservative Lutheran and did not approve of these spiritual beliefs. One can see that Aguéli's relationship with his father played a role in shaping his personal beliefs and the direction of his artistic career. Sources: "Ivan Aguéli - A Swedish Mystic in the Making" by David Jackson and "Ivan Aguéli: Between Orient and Occident" edited by Sven-Olov Wallenstein.