Born: November 15, 1887
Died: March 6, 1986
Georgia O'Keeffe was born near the town of Sun Praire, Wisconsin. She was the second of seven children and attended the School of Art Institute of Chicago during 1905-1906. In 1907 she moved to New York City and studied art there. She then went back to Chicago in 1910. Later in her life, she started to become interested in the landscape of New Mexico. In 1949 O'Keeffe moved permanently to New Mexico. She lived outside of Santa Fe and traveled extensively until her death.
Movement: American Modernist Painting
Cow's Skull: Red, White, and Blue; 1931; 39 7/8 x 35 7/8 in; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Black Place II; 1944; 23 7/8 x 30 in; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
From the Faraway, Nearby; 1937; 36 x 40 1/8 in; Tate Modern, London
Black Iris; 1926; 36 x 29 7/8 in; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Drawing XIII; 1915; 24 3/8 x 18 1/2 in; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
In this painting you can see a yellow jagged line down the middle of the painting. To the top sides you can see white shapes, while on the sides of the painting are gray objects and right down the middle is pure black. At the bottom you can see a lighter red to red organic shapes.
Analyze: Neutrals are mainly used here in the painting, with the only hues coming with the jagged yellow line down the middle and the red shapes at the bottom of the painting. L'Inde is used here in multiple ways with zig zag being used in the yellow line with a more curved line separating the colors of the lighter and darker grays. The colors create a rough texture feeling as well.
The mood that O'Keeffe wants us to feel is a solemn and dark mood. This is because of the major use of neutrals in the painting. They create a bland and dark feeling because it looks dull and has almost no hues.
This price was created in the time period of the 1940s. This was the time when WWII was winding down and the world had just seen the deadliest war in all of history. This might have influence O'Keeffe in that the painting has a dark tone and feeling. If I had the money I would not buy this painting. It seems to have a bland and dull tone to it. It's not very eye catching except for at the bottom. Overall however it seems just too dull for my tastes.