In Calla Lilies on Red
O’Keeffe has painted the lily, one of her favourite motifs, against a backdrop of flowing red fabric. O’Keeffe’s calla lily paintings from the 1920s and 30s became her most recognisable works and were hugely popular. They even led to a nickname ‘The Lady of the Lily’, first coined by caricaturist Miguel Covarrubias in the New Yorker.
Calla Lilies on Red, 1928
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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.”