O’Keeffe’s love of nature and dislike towards realism inspired her unique abstract paintings of flowers. Abstraction White Rose
depicts a close up of a flower that becomes a white water whirlpool, thanks to the gentle rotating vortex effect provided by the natural curve of the petals.
Abstraction White Rose
Date of work
Oil on canvas, 91.4 x 76.2 cm Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Gift of The Burnett Foundation and The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation (1997.04.002) © 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.”