Arts Everyday Living: More Expressions of Painting and Prose—O’Keeffe & The Royal Flowers

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Here’s another celebration of “flower-power!”  Poppies are the subject again (see: yesterday’s A Garden by the Sea), now through the eyes of American master, Georgia O’Keeffe.





Georgia O’Keeffe,Oriental Poppies, 1927, Collection of Frederick Weisman Art Museum of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota




The power of imagination can magnify any flower, from the modest pansy to the elegant iris.  But the oriental poppies, royal to the core, easily exceed their normal dimensions.  Just follow the pathway of color, an exotic spectrum of coral rose and tangerine wine, growing and enfolding both blossoms.  Ebony violet, too, revolving around the floral centers, expanding with life.  Then yellow spreading through the petals, reflected in its own glow.

Georgia O’Keeffe began producing her monumental flowers in the early 1920s when she was living in New York City.  By the end of the decade, they were selling for as high as $25,000, a record-breaking sum at the time.  But how can such an act of creativity be truly priced?*


Through an Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively by Joan Hart, published by Museum One, Inc., Alexandria, VA, 2010.


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Book Cover Through an Artist's Eyes


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