Georgia O'Keeffe's urban works are most closely associated with Precisionism which is also known as Cubist Realism. Essentially, it is a combination of cubism and realism. This American art movement began in 1920's and lasted until the end of the Second World War.
What is Precisionism? It is a style of painting in which an object is depicted realistically with an emphasis on the geometrical form of the object. Some of the important American artists involved with this movement or style, other than Georgia O'Keeffe, are Charles DeMuth, Preston Dickinson, Louis Lozowick, and Charles Sheeler. One can get a pretty good idea of what exactly was involved with this type of painting just from the name. The choice of subject and style was accomplished with careful precision.
The ideas for this style of painting evolved from a group of artists in Italy whose art was known as Futurism. This is because is showed appreciation for machines and the things that machines could make. The Futurists believed that technology would be a great part of the 20th century, whether it was invention or construction of machines. This is the reason why the subjects they chose often were massive machinery or sky scrapers and the like. Some of the more prominent Futurist artists were Giacomo Balla, Carlo Carra, Umberto Boccioni, and Gino Severini. The style of Precisionism soon gave way to Abstraction towards the middle of the 1940's.
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