To Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986), a modernist artist who grew up in rural Wisconsin with an appreciation of nature, a rose was not just a rose. “White Rose with Larkspur,” representing a flower of enormous size and exquisite coloring demanding attention typifies O’Keefe’s signature flower paintings. It is a reflection of the enormous impact O’Keeffe had on 20th century art that her groundbreaking work earned her the first one-woman show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
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.