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Georgia Okeeffe collection

ARTS 1301
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Melissa Bias

on 5 May 2011

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From The Lake No.I
1924
Georgia O'Keefe Blue and Green Music
1921 Jack In The Pulpit No.4
1930 Blue Flower
1918 Wave, Night
1928 Abstraction
1919 “I'll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking the time to look at it – I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers.” This painting, titled Blue Flower, is done in an extremely up close and personal manner to show more detail of the subject. As the quote makes clear, O’Keeffe was very interested in making others really see the beauty in things, and to take time to actually look and appreciate them in their natural form. In this painting, she uses shades of blue and green in waves that make up the petals of the flower. Instead of the painting obviously portraying a simple flower, she makes the viewer really look at this work and begin to visualize how a flower looks from a different perspective. I think O’keeffe does a really good job in getting her message across in this painting, and the style of the work made me really look into the painting deeper than I would have if I saw it in passing. Though the title clearly states that it is a flower painted on the canvas, that is not completely obvious at first glance, because all you see are the waves of color without a definite outline. I like how O’keeffe attempts to delve deeper into common, realistic objects to make them seem more complex than most people would think, and to make people aware of the fact that there is more than what meets the eye. “Objective painting is not good painting unless it is good in the abstract sense. A hill or tree cannot make a good painting just because it is a hill or tree. It is lines and colors put together so that they may say something”. Pretty much all of Georgia O'keeffe’s works were done in an abstract manner. To me, this painting looks like stalks of grass, almost as if they had been photographed and then zoomed in as far as the pixels would allow. Since it is done in the abstract, people are able to use their imagination to come up with a message or subject that the artist may have intended to portray. “Objective painting is not good painting unless it is good in the abstract sense. A hill or tree cannot make a good painting just because it is a hill or tree. It is lines and colors put together so that they may say something.” From her use of different waves of blue tones in this work, O'keeffe is doing exactly that—she is wanting people to see more than just a body of water, but to feel it as if they were standing in front of it from their own personal experience. “I found I could say things with colors that I couldn't say in any other way -- things that I had no words for.” And she does exactly that. From the time Georgia O'keeffe created paintings for her first exhibit in 1916, she has never conformed to the more conventional, chaotic style of paintings that could be found in the art world. Instead, she paints in a manner with such precision and that is more sensual, with depth that triggers a response from the viewer. This collection brings together some of her works with darker palettes, using shades of blues and greens to create a sort of calm feeling. In this painting, O'keefe shows the beauty of a natural part of American landscape, a body of water at night, apart from chaos of the natural world. This was one of O'keeffe's main focuses in her artwork, and she does a great job of capturing the stillness of the water to create a calm feeling.. Jack in the Pulpit is a wildflower that grows in cool, shady areas and grows red berries during certain months of the year. It gets its name from its unique form, which resembles a covered pulpit that can be found in churches in New England, and the spadix (stalk) that grows from the middle is like the preacher standing underneath the canopy. O'keeffe was first introduced to this exotic flower by her art teacher in school, who really pushed her to examine every little detail about the colors and shapes of it which was something she had never done before. This painting is one of six in the jack in the pulpit series, and the composition allows the viewer to really examine each detail and form of the flower. Something that is very unique and creative about this piece was that with each new painting in the series, O'keeffe magnifies the flower and draws the viewer in closer which simplifies the form and allows for different perspectives. This is another way she attempts to connect the viewer with the artwork. The subject matter of this particular work is not immediately clear. It seems like a very dramatic, intense motion just because of the shapes and colors used. O'keeffe was just as interested in music as she was in the beauty of nature, and this work appears to convey that well. It is just as detailed as any of her paintings of flowers, and she did a good job of tying the colors together to give it balance. The wavy portion of the painting could be a reference to the vibrations of sound, and no matter whether the picture is right side up or upside down, everything seems to move upwards. This could also contribute to the representation of sound, almost as if it is traveling upwards to fill a room. Sources Collections Online. Georgia O'keeffe Museum, 2011. Web. 5 May 2011.
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Giuliano, Charles. O'keeffe Circles of Influence. Berkshire Fine Arts, 22 Aug. 2009. Web. 5 May 2011.
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