In this painting O’Keeffe shows her interest in modernist photography through painting in a much more realistic style than in some of her more surreal earlier works. Using a rich colour palette, Oriental Poppies
has an almost photographic style, enlarging the poppies to highlight their intricate form and detail.
Date of work
Original: Georgia O'Keeffe. Oriental Poppies, 1927. Oil on canvas, 762 x 1016 mm. Collection of Frederick R. Weismann Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Museum Purchase  (37.1)
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.