Heliconia – Crab Claw1939 by Georgia O'Keeffe

Icon of 20th century American art, Georgia O’Keeffe was in danger of running out of steam in both her personal and artistic lives at the close of the 1930s. Rescue came in the form a commercial commission from the Dole Pineapple Company and a chance to find peace and inspiration in the tropical paradise of Hawaii. The visit played a fundamental role in O’Keeffe’s development as a painter and creative mind.

These new forms gave her ample material to experiment with, and she deftly blended the novel influences with her established modes of expression. Brightly coloured heliconia stretch out against the backdrop of an infinite sea, fraternizing with clouds that have been painted with as much care as the petals. Textures and hues are softer, but the forms are always dancing on the delicate line between abstraction and representation as nearly all O’Keeffe’s works do.
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Dimensions (h/w/d): 19 16 (48 41)