Lake George was a constant inspiration for O’Keeffe, where she spent many months of the year at her husband’s family compound. She uses a rich palette of reds, oranges, yellows and greens in this piece, to focus on the array of vibrant colours that occur naturally in the area during autumn.
Autumn Leaves - Lake George, N.Y.
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 51.4 x 41.3 cm Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio, Museum Purchase, Howald Fund II, 1981.006 © 2016 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/DACS, London
Georgia O’Keeffe is best known for her paintings of magnified flowers, animal skulls and New Mexico desert landscapes. O’Keeffe made her debut in 1916 and was immediately recognised as a trailblazing artist, while today her legacy as an American art icon and a pioneer of twentieth-century art is widely recognised.
‘Men put me down as the best woman painter I think I’m one of the best painters.’ Georgia O’Keeffe.