Amon Carter print details

Red Cannas

Georgia O'Keeffe (1887–1986)

Object Details

  • Date

    1927

  • Medium

    Oil on canvas

  • Dimensions

    36 1/8 X 30 1/8

  • Collection Names

    Paintings, Collection Highlights

  • Credit Line

    Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

  • Accession Number

    1986.11

Object Description

By magnifying her botanical subjects, O’Keeffe transformed the traditional genre of still-life painting into something entirely fresh. She explained her reasoning for painting floral studies in this way: “I have painted what each flower is to me and I have painted it big enough so that others would see what I see.”

Her studies of plant life celebrate the dynamic colors and patterns found in nature and also commemorate her associations with people and places. She related the subject of red cannas with her husband, the photographer Alfred Stieglitz. The flowers blossomed in their garden at Lake George, a resort town in New York’s Adirondack Mountains where the Stieglitz family owned a summer house.

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