In this painting O’Keeffe shows her interest in modernist photography through painting in a much more realistic style than in some of her more surreal earlier works. Using a rich colour palette, Oriental Poppies
has an almost photographic style, enlarging the poppies to highlight their intricate form and detail.
Date of work
Oil on canvas, 76.2 x 101.6 cm The Collection of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Museum Purchase, 1937.1 © 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.