Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe



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Purchase Georgia O'Keeffe PrintsImages Gallery: The Topics of Georgia's Paintings

Here you will find some of Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings separated according to four categories:

Flowers: The first painting O'Keeffe created of a large-scale, magnified flower was in 1924. Paintings of flowers are now among her most famous pieces of work. Her work has often been said to represent sexual images, a critique O'Keeffe denied, stating she only painted what she saw in the flower, nothing more, nothing less. Still, it is easy to see how the label of "sexual images" was attached to some paintings (for example, Black Iris, Jack-in-the-Pulpit VI).

Landscapes: When O'Keeffe first visited New Mexico, she was taken aback. In a letter written to her friend Maria Chabot, she wrote: "It is breathtaking as one rises up over the world one has been living in, looking out at and looks down at it stretching away and away." The terrain and natural beauty of New Mexico would serve as her inspiration for almost five decades.

Bones: Just like her landscape paintings, she became enthralled with painting the bones of dead animals. Her 1929 summer vacation to New Mexico changed her way of looking at painting for time to come. According to O'Keeffe, she said, "The bones seem to cut sharply to the center of something that is keenly alive on the desert even tho' it is vast and empty and untouchable...and knows no kindness with all its beauty.

Urban / The City: O'Keeffe started painting the urban landscapes and skyscrapers when she and Stieglitz moved to the thirtieth floor of the Shelton Hotel in New York. She had a spectacular view and created such pieces as : City Night; Shelton Hotel, New York #1; The Shelton with Sunspots; Radiator Building-Night, New York; New York with Moon; East River from the Shelton; Ritz Tower, Night; and New York Night.


Museums and Galleries:

Georgia O'Keeffe's many works are separated in this Images Gallery into four distinct categories: flowers, landscapes, bones, and urban/the city. Each represents a significant part of her life, stemming from different inspirations. You can also learn where some of her original paintings are being held in Museums around the world. Some museums are Gallery 291, where O'Keeffe had her first exhibition of works and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


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