Few lines and blocks of color carry an explosive and mystical power

georgia-o-keefe-red-canna

It is interesting to observe that what (Georgia) O’Keeffe wanted to achieve was achieved from the start, and has hardly changed— the reducing of a landscape, a flower, or whatever to essence, the isolation of a powerful image which she then enlarges. Sometimes the effect is merely pictorial, and becomes banal and even sentimental (the famous skull with roses), but at her best a very few lines and blocks of color carry an explosive and mystical power. These are paintings that expand the mind, and I imagine living with one very happily.

~ May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude


Source: The Red List: Georgia O’Keeffe, Red Canna, 1924

 

Comments

  1. I love Georgia O’Keeffe… 🙂

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  2. I could live with just about any of Georgia’s paintings. brilliant and genius!! This is one of my fav paintings of hers, by the way. 🙂

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  3. Lovely, David.

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  4. Always of fan…I have prints of her Iris collection.

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  5. I like some of O’Keeffe’s work–though she’s best known for her flower images, many of her earlier pieces are also quite arresting. A wonderful jolt of color on this grey winter day–thanks pal!

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  6. Luscious!

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  7. She was extraordinary. Her flowers resemble abstract paintings. Much is owed to the flower.

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