White Trumpet Flower Poster
Size 26" x 29"
66 x 74 cm
About this item
"So I said to myself - I'll paint what I see - what the flower is to me - but I'll paint it big and they will be surprised into looking at it."
Georgia O'Keeffe, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1976.
Georgia O'Keeffe always loved nature and color. As a student she devised a method of white underpainting to make her colors appear fresh and bright.
Around 1924, O'Keeffe began to paint magnified flowers that filled the entire canvas. These studies of flowers are clear, precise and stripped of all ornamental details. The color is bold and daring, with striking contrasts, and the controlled composition demonstrates O'Keeffe's refined sense of design.
Georgia O'Keeffe was an artist who seldom explained either her life or her work, and who lived a solitary, somewhat mysterious, existence in the desert of New Mexico from 1949 to 1986 while never acknowledging any influence on her art. Is the subject of White Trumpet Flower the trumpet vine, a plant native to the Southeast? The jimson weed, a mildly poisonous variant of datura that grows in the Southwest? Or is it datura, a plant common to New York state and the surrounding area? By 1932 O'Keeffe had lived in or visited all of the areas thought to be the respective wellsprings of the trumpet vine, the jimson weed, and the datura, although she had left her Virginia and South Carolina homes for Texas in 1916 and had only just begun to visit New Mexico sporadically since 1929. If datura is correct, then it was surely observed on a visit to Lake George, New York, with the artist's husband, Alfred Stieglitz, during the summer of 1932, the year this work was painted.