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Georgia O’Keeffe


Georgia O’Keeffe, Music, Pink and Blue No. 2, 1918. Oil on canvas, 35 × 29 1/8 in. (88.9 × 74 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Emily Fisher Landau in honor of Tom Armstrong  91.90
© 2009 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Georgia O’Keeffe was inspired by things that she saw in nature. She often used flowing curves and brilliant colors to create close-up views of flowers and natural objects like shells and bones. Many of her works are abstract. Abstraction gave O’Keeffe a way to communicate feelings that she could not express in words. Instead of painting things as they appear in the real world, O’Keeffe’s paintings focus on her experiences of people, places, and sensations like listening to music.
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“I have picked flowers where I found them

Have picked up sea shells and rocks and pieces of wood where there were sea shells and rocks and pieces of wood that I liked

When I found the beautiful white bones on the desert I picked them up and took them home too

I have used these things to say what is to me the wideness and wonder of the world as I live in it”

—Georgia O’Keeffe

About the artist
Georgia O’Keeffe, 1953. Gelatin silver print, 9 1/2 × 7 7/6 inches.
© 1979 Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas. Gift of the artist, P1978.92.40

“I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say in any other way—things that I had no words for.”

—Georgia O’Keeffe

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