More than a quarter of artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings, such as “Oriental Poppies, 1928,” focused on flowers. Following her own artistic vision by rejecting accepted artistic styles, O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986) painted enormous flowers, underscoring their importance in a way that commanded attention. Removing her subjects from any familiar context, O’Keeffe’s exaggerated, colorful flowers became intense abstracts.
Groundbreaking Modernist painter Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986) rejected artistic norms to express her own unique vision. Known for the flower paintings which encompass a quarter of her work, O’Keeffe was originally inspired by nature during her childhood in rural Wisconsin. Shunning her artistic education in favor of expressing her emotions, O’Keeffe enlarged flowers until they became abstract artforms whose sheer size commanded attention. An innovator who profoundly impacted 20th century art, O’Keeffe was the first woman honored with her own exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.