Top 10 Most Famous Paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe
Who is Georgia O'Keeffe?
Georgia O'Keeffe was an American artist who was known for her progressive flower paintings. She was one of the main founders of modern art and a central figure of American Modernism that started at the turn of the twentieth century.
Her most famous artworks are those that give an erotic close-up depiction of flowers.
Georgia O'Keeffe Famous Artworks:
- Jimson Weed, White Flower No. 1 by Georgia O'Keeffe
- Oriental Poppies by Georgia O'Keeffe
- Ram’s Head White Hollyhock and Little Hills by Georgia O'Keeffe
- Blue and Green Music by Georgia O'Keeffe
- Sky Above Clouds Iv by Georgia O'Keeffe
- Summer Days by Georgia O'Keeffe
- Radiator Building — Night, New York by Georgia O'Keeffe
- Cow’s Skull: Red, White, and Blue by Georgia O'Keeffe
- Red Canna by Georgia O'Keeffe
- Black Iris III by Georgia O'Keeffe
Jimson Weed, White Flower No. 1 by Georgia O'Keeffe
"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not."
This artistic creation, delineates a huge bloom of Jimson Weed, brought $44.4m (£28m) at a sale at Sotheby's in New York in November 2014. It broke the record for being the most expensive paid painting for an O'Keeffe work.
Oriental Poppies by Georgia O'Keeffe
O'Keeffe was attracted to the dynamic and vivid parts of flowers. In this painting, she investigates the components of shading, shape, and surface of flowers. She was engrossed with basic structures of flowers from the earliest starting point of growth until the full bloom.
Her shading is intense and every now and again deliberately regulated to some degree to be made 'flat'.
O'Keeffe has utilized her unique shading strategy to amplify the bloom of flowers, which enables the observer to enjoy the blossom's magnificence and look at its subtleties in full detail.
Ram’s Head White Hollyhock and Little Hills by Georgia O'Keeffe
The painting depicts a conventional landscape with a skull floating in the middle. The mixing of subjects showcases the confounding juxtaposition of a skeletal, greenery, and scenic landscape.
O'Keeffe used various subjects that had before earned her approval and incited new enthusiasm in the modern art community. This painting is viewed as an improvement period of O'Keeffe's artistic profession.
Blue and Green Music by Georgia O'Keeffe
In doing this work, she was attracted by the theory of the Russian expressionist painter Vasily Kandinsky.
Who in 1912 focused on spirituality in art, he contended that visual artists ought to imitate music in their art to accomplish unadulterated articulation free of abstract references. That music could be converted into a visual form for the eyes to see.
Sky Above Clouds Iv by Georgia O'Keeffe
This painting was initially at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and is now at the Art Institute of Chicago.
The sky above Clouds IV was supposed to first appear at the San Francisco Museum of Art. However, it couldn't fit through any of the entryways of the gallery. Then the work was eventually credited to the Art Institute of Chicago.
Sky Above Clouds IV is one of her most famous works it has been contrasted with Claude Monet's famous water lilies paintings.
Summer Days by Georgia O'Keeffe
Among her most outstanding works, Summer Days highlight's a deer's skull and a few south-western flowers over a landscape foundation of a desolate desert scene.
O'Keeffe at times set up bones against landscape scenes in her works and this is a perfect example of her mixing unlikely subjects to create a splendid scene. There arrangement in the sky gives the work of art a strange warm quality.
The animal skulls and lively flowers were image symbols representing the cycles of life and death and the shape that characterized the world.
Radiator Building — Night, New York by Georgia O'Keeffe
In November 1925, O'Keeffe moved into one of New York City's tallest skyscrapers, the Shelton Hotel, with her husband Alfred Stieglitz. They lived on the 30th floor with a clear unhindered view of the city which they could view from various perspectives and angles this is one of her paintings during that time.
The painting depicts a building that was situated somewhere between 48th and 49th Streets on Lexington Avenue. O'Keeffe made around 25 drawings and paintings of New York City skyscrapers and cityscapes between 1925 to 1929. Her works are reminiscent of her own style.
This artwork is one of her most famous works depicting New York City. It catches the skyscraper around evening time, where all the lights are lit-up in the windows.
Cow’s Skull: Red, White, and Blue by Georgia O'Keeffe
Fatigued of life in the city, O'Keeffe started taking customary retreats to Lake George, New York, and afterward to New Mexico. In 1929, her artistic endeavors moved from paintings structures of New York City to the landscapes of New Mexico.
In this work, O'Keeffe depicts a solitary skull showcasing its rugged edges, worn out surface. To O'Keeffe, the bone represented the strength within the America soul, which is further insinuated by the background colors of red, white, and blue.
At the time this artwork was made numerous American artists in different fields were creating compositions dependent on American subjects. Rather than speak to the pervasive thoughts of America at the time, O'Keeffe portrays a bovine skull at the focal point of the canvas with the three shades of the American banner behind it. This image has since become a quintessential symbol of the American West.
Red Canna by Georgia O'Keeffe
The limited yet vivid brushwork is common in O'Keeffe's art and her technique of mixing various oil colors to create unique pigments that make her art-pop is beautifully shown in this painting.
As the shapes swell and decrease over the plane, they meet with a light shading in the middle that seems to give of vitality. This portrayal of the red canna blossom is one of her most praised bloom paintings.
Making exceptionally smoothed shapes and unpretentious spatial ambiguities in her artwork and transitioning from extreme dark tones to magnificent whites is what makes O'Keeffe portrayal of flowers special.
Black Iris III by Georgia O'Keeffe
Black Iris III is one of the most famous delineations of irises by O'Keeffe as it bloomed.
This what O'Keeffe said about her works:
"Well—I made you take time to look at what I saw and when you took time to really notice my flower you hung all your own associations with flowers on my flower and you write about my flower as if I think and see what you think and see of the flower—and I don't."
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