Selection of the Month

Summer Days, 1936

Barbara Buhler Lynes

O’Keeffe’s O’Keeffes: the Artist’s Collection

New York: Thames and Hudson

2001

“My first memory is of the brightness of light -- light all around.”

-- Georgia O’Keeffe

 

In 1986, when Georgia O’Keeffe died, the artist owned more than half of the works she had ever produced. A pioneering modernist, she spent almost 70 years making art that remains iconic, and she is considered one of the greatest American painters of all time. Perhaps most well known for her floral images, O’Keeffe spent her career experimenting with form and color. Her use of vibrant hues often gives the impression that her paintings glow from within. Characterized by a distinctive treatment of shape and space, her oil paintings draw the viewer in, often depicting the natural and southwestern inspired landscapes that she loved. She wrote, “It is lines and colors put together so that they say something. For me that is the very basis of painting. The abstracted is often the most definite form for the intangible in myself that I can only clarify in paint.”

 

 

 

 

 

Image Source: "Summer Days, 1936" by Sharon Mollerus. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC-BY2.0). https://www.flickr.com/photos/clairity/32569111162