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Black Iris

Georgia O'Keeffe (American, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin 1887–1986 Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Date:
1926
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
36 x 29 7/8 in. (91.4 x 75.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1969
Accession Number:
69.278.1
  • Description

    This monumental flower painting is one of O'Keeffe's early masterpieces. Enlarging the petals far beyond lifesize proportions, she forces the viewer to observe the small details that might otherwise be overlooked. When paintings from this group were first shown in 1924, even Alfred Stieglitz, her husband and dealer, was shocked by their audacity.

  • References

    Britta Benke. Georgia O’Keeffe, 1887-1986: Flowers in the Desert. Cologne: Taschen GmbH, 2011, pp. 36 (illustrated in color), 37

    Elizabeth Montgomery. Georgia O'Keeffe. New York: Barnes and Noble, Inc., 1993, pg. 38, illus.

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