Wadsworth Atheneum


Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) was born in a tiny Wisconsin town on the edge of the vast northern wilderness. She attended and then taught school in the South, and rose to enormous success in New York, where her paintings awed critics and public audiences alike. Although perhaps most famous for her extraordinary paintings of flowers, O'Keeffe was also fascinated by trees throughout her career - from the magnificent maples near Lake George in upstate New York to the ethereal cottonwoods that line the the Chama River in New Mexico. With trees she expressed the seasonality of nature and of life itself, often in intriguing abstractions.

For nearly sixty years, O'Keeffe lived in New Mexico's Chama Basin, where she refined the simplicity that reveals itself so powerfully in her art. Her images of bleached bones and austere deserts, ecstatic landscapes and soaring cityscapes, erotically charged flowers and monumental trees speak with great force of the subtlety of her mind, the grace of her hand, and the thoughtful delight she found in the physical world.

20 notecards, 5 each of 4 images.


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