This is one of O’Keeffe’s famous enlarged flower compositions in which she wanted to encourage busy city dwellers to pay attention to the beauty within the natural world that they may not ordinarily stop to appreciate. She said that ‘nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small – we haven’t the time – and to see takes time So I said to myself – I’ll paint what I see – what the flower is to me, but I’ll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking the time to see what I see of flowers’.
Jimson Weed, 1936
Date of work
Oil on canvas, 177.8 x 212.1 cm Indianapolis Museum of Art, Gift of Eli Lilly and Company, 1997.131 © 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.’ Georgia O’Keeffe.