Georgia O'Keeffe Joe Downs - A - November

Georgia Totto O'Keeffe

Born: November 15, 1887; Sun Prairie, WI

Died: March 6, 1986; Santa Fe, NM

She attended the Art Institute of Chicago

Places Lived:

(Left to Right): Chicago, IL; Madison, WI; Amarillo, TX

She is most well-known for her involvement in the Precisionism art movement. Precisionism is characterized by precise, sharply defined geometrical forms. It often dealt with the rising themes of American Industrialism and the modern landscapes.

[Left to Right]: "Aucassin and Nicolette" (Charles Demuth); "I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold" (Charles Demuth)

Pedernal (1941 / 1942)

Oil on canvas

20 1/8 in x 30 1/4 in

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Banana Flower No. II (1934)

Charcoal on paper

21 7/8 in x 1/2 in

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Ram's Head, Blue Morning Glory (1938)

Oil on canvas

20 in x 30 in

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Untilted (University of Virginia) (1912 - 1914)

Watercolor on paper

11 7/8 in x 9 in

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

From the River - Pale (1959)

Oil on canvas

41 1/2 in x 31 3/8 in

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

"Pedernal" (1941 / 1942)

The largest object and (presumably) the main focus of the painting is the looming mountain in the background - colored in tones of blue with other neutral colors. Behind the mountain lies white clouds on a light blue sky. In the foreground, lies vegetation in various tints and shades of green, yellow, and red. The muted colors create a sense of gloominess or melancholy in the painting, which could result from the very sad or scared atmosphere in the midst of WWII.

I could consider buying this painting, because of how the muted, neutral colors give a sense of realism. O'Keeffe's use of depth is also very interesting.

The brushstrokes create a sense of texture of rough terrain, and the color differences also give the idea of a rocky slope. Two sides of the mountain coming together at a point put the emphasis on the apex of the mountain.

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