Oil on canvas
36 1/8 x 30 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.
American Still LifeFebruary 14–August 16, 2015
Organized in celebration of a recent acquisition, American Still Life highlights the ability of 19th and 20th-century American artists to celebrate the ordinary through their paintings, whether trompe l’oeil masters or modernist photographers.
From Remington to O’Keeffe: The Carter’s Greatest HitsOctober 6, 2018–March 22, 2019
During the renovation, this exhibition features highlights from the permanent collection, including paintings, photographs, and sculptures, by some of America’s most renowned artists.
How do artists use scale and proportion to create a unique composition?
In what ways do color, line, and shape affect the mood of a work of art?
How might a work of art, based on a natural object, compare to a scientific drawing of the same object?
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