O’Keeffe experimented with abstraction in her early work, saying ‘it is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis, that we get at the real meaning of things.’ Her love of nature is evident in Abstraction Blue
, which hints at flower petals, clouds, the sky and the streams, rivers and seashores she enjoyed making studies of.
Date of work
Oil on canvas, 102.1 x 76 cm The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the Helen Acheson Bequest, 1979 ? 2015.Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York / Scala, Florence
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.