Georgia O'Keeffe: 7 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

Brooklyn Bridge by Georgia O'KeeffeBrooklyn Museum

'She used the twin arches and harp-like cables of the bridge to create a valentine to the things she was leaving behind, saying goodbye to Stieglitz, their partnership, and the city where they launched their careers. The bridge is also a gateway, perhaps her metaphor for leaving the manmade city of stone and steel for the clear blue skies of New Mexico.'

Black Cross, New Mexico (1929) by Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887-1986)The Art Institute of Chicago

'As this pioneer of American Modernism approached all of her subjects, whether buildings or flowers, landscapes or bones, here O'Keeffe magnified shapes and simplified details to underscore their essential beauty. She painted the cross just as she saw it: "big and strong, put together with wooden pegs," and behind it, "those hills ... (that) go on and on--it was like looking at two miles of gray elephants."'

Mountain at Bear Lake - Taos (1930) by Georgia O'KeeffeThe White House

'She revisited New Mexico in 1930 and every year until 1949, when she settled there.'

Dark Mesa with Pink sky (1930) by Georgia O'KeeffeAmon Carter Museum of American Art

'During a summer of painting in New Mexico in 1929, Georgia O'Keeffe became fascinated with the landscape.'

Cow's Skull with Calico Roses (1931) by Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887-1986)The Art Institute of Chicago

'In "Cow's Skull with Calico Roses," O'Keeffe added a macabre note by decorating the skull with artificial flowers, the kind used to adorn graves in New Mexico.'

My Backyard (1937) by Georgia O'KeeffeNew Orleans Museum of Art

'As O'Keeffe wrote, "One cannot be an American by going about saying that one is an American.'

Black Door with Red (1954/1954) by Georgia O'KeeffeChrysler Museum of Art

'Most dramatically, O'Keeffe broke with her optical experience of this scene and drenched the canvas with deep yellows and reds.'

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