Modernist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986) was blazing new creative trails at a time when women were not recognized in the art world. Rejecting artistic norms, O’Keeffe expressed her own feelings through the vibrant colors and flowing forms of her enormous representations of flowers, like she did with her painting “Red Canna.” Magnified into stunning abstractions, O’Keeffe’s works riveted focus on the simple elements of flowers which are often overlooked.
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.