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
Date of work
Oil on canvas, 81.6 x 43.5 cm Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Gift of Anne Windfohr Marion (1996.05.001) © 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.”