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In the Galleries: Four Paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe

On view NOW in gallery 226A, check out four paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe, including three of her well-known flower paintings.

O'Keeffe is best known for close-up flower subjects whose magnified forms fill the entire space of each canvas. Likely inspired by similar compositions in modern photography, these images are not only celebrations of nature, but also striking essays in abstract design.

Although many critics interpreted O'Keeffe's flower paintings as reflections of femininity in general and female sexuality in particular, the artist strongly opposed such readings. Throughout most of her career, she frequently attempted to persuade others to discuss her work without referring to her gender, writing on one occasion, "I have always been very annoyed at being referred to as a 'woman artist' rather than an 'artist.'"

See the pieces on view NOW in gallery 226A:

1987.139

White Pansy, 1927. Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887-1986), oil on canvas, Framed: 94.50 x 79.20 x 5.10 cm (37 3/16 x 31 1/8 x 2 inches); Unframed: 91.70 x 76.30 cm (36 1/16 x 30 inches). Bequest of Georgia O'Keeffe 1987.139

1958.42

Morning Glory with Black, 1926. Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887-1986), oil on canvas, Framed: 96.50 x 81.30 x 5.40 cm (37 15/16 x 32 x 2 1/8 inches); Unframed: 91.00 x 75.50 cm (35 13/16 x 29 11/16 inches). Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1958.42

2162.1930

White Flower, 1929. Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887-1986), oil on canvas, Framed: 80.00 x 95.25 x 4.50 cm (31 7/16 x 37 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches); Unframed: 76.20 x 91.50 cm (30 x 36 inches). Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection 2162.1930

1987.138

Dead Tree with Pink Hill, 1945. Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887-1986, oil on canvas, Framed: 76.50 x 102.00 x 3.00 cm (30 1/16 x 40 1/8 x 1 1/8 inches); Unframed: 76.20 x 101.60 cm (30 x 40 inches). Bequest of Georgia O'Keeffe 1987.138
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