Oil on canvas
30 1/8 x 36 1/8 in.
u.c. on canvas in white paint: Georgia O'Keeffe \ 1927
u.r. on stretcher in ink: Georgia O'Keeffe-1927-Red Cannas
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas
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.