O’Keeffe used organic shapes and vivid colors to suggest the forms she saw in nature. Soft shapes spread across the canvas from top to bottom in pink, blue, green, and lavender. The combination of colors and forms creates visual rhythms and harmonies similar to those you can hear in music.
“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, January 1923
In this painting, Georgia O¹Keeffe used colors and shapes to show how she felt about music.
OK, if this was a picture of the inside of your ear, imagine what kind of music, sounds, instruments, or voices you would hear. What sound would each color make? Would they be high or low sounds? How long would each sound be? If you want to, hum or sing it! Go ahead!