Georgia O’Keeffe: Blue Flower (1918)

Georgia O’Keeffe, Blue Flower (1918), pastel on paper mounted on cardboard 50.8 x 40.6 cm, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York

One of the pioneers of American modernism, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) was a member of Alfred Stieglitz’s circle of progressive artists who made it their mission to create a new and distinctly American art. She was one of the few women in the group and, to her frustration, contemporary critics often highlighted the ability of her work to express  “femaleness.” In 1922 she complained that critics  “make me seem like some strange unearthly sort of creature floating in the air — breathing in clouds for nourishment — when the truth is that I like beef steak — and like it rare at that.” 

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. shoreacres says:

    I’ve been lucky enough to see O’Keeffe’s work in person in several places. She’s one of my favorites, especially since I began discovering her as a painter of more than flowers — striking as those are.

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    1. How fortunate you are! I have just started learning about her, so I can’t pick a favorite yet. More coming soon, though. 🙂

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  2. Her floral abstractions are duly admired.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Steve. 🙂

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  3. I love the richness of the colors. Did she paint other objects besides flowers? I am not as familiar with her work.

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    1. I am just learning more, too, Susan. The link to Art and Artists blog under the quote will take you to a series of blog posts which feature a wide range of her work. More to come in future posts here. 🙂

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      1. Thank you! You, once again, brightened my morning!!☀️

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  4. janicetv says:

    Looks very beautiful

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Janice. 🙂

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      1. janicetv says:

        🙏

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  5. Olga says:

    I had the opportunity to see an exhibition of her work at the Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid. That was in spring last year. Aw, incredible… Please do share more of her work. Thank you for this one 🙏🏻🙂

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    1. What a treat that must have been! Definitely more coming here – thanks, Olga. 🙂

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    1. So do I, Rosaliene. I am building a file on her now – fascinating woman! 🙂

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  6. O’Keefe was unafraid to paint ‘outside the box’ and let her viewers know what it was to be a female artist in a male dominated arena. Good on her.

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    1. Yes! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Vivienne. 🙂

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