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


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



  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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