One of her most well-known paintings, Jimson Weed, White Flower No.1
is a bold composition of an enlarged white flower with green leaves, intended to encourage busy city dwellers to pay attention to the beauty within the natural world that they may not ordinarily stop to appreciate. O’Keeffe explained that she’d paint her flower paintings so big that ‘I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers’.
Jimson Weed, White Flower No.1, 1932
Date of work
Oil on canvas, 121.9 x 101.6 cm Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas © 2016 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/ DACS, London Photo: by Edward C. Robison III
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.