NARRATOR: Paul Rosenfeld—an art and music critic as well as a friend of O’Keeffe and Stieglitz—published the following in 1924.
“O’Keeffe gives her perceptions utterly immediate, quivering, warm. She gives the world as it is known to woman. No man could feel as Georgia O’Keeffe and utter himself in precisely such curves and colors, for in those curves and spots and prismatic color there is the woman referring the universe to her own frame, her own balance, and rendering in her picture of things her body’s subconscious knowledge of itself. The feeling of shapes in this painting is certainly one pushed from within. What men have always wanted to know and women to hide, this girl sets forth. Essence of womanhood impregnates color and mass, giving proof of the truthfulness of a life."