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From the Lake, 1924 by Georgia O'Keeffe

Here Georgia O'Keeffe pushes the landscape into abstraction, celebrating the rhythms and colors of the stormy Lake George country in a design that grows simultaneously from her more representational views and from her abstractions.

The dynamic arrangement of forms suggests the search for an abstract equivalent fro the forces of nature that motivated O'Keeffe's pictorial imagination. Like Arthur Dove, her artistic soul mate, she tended to simplify natural forms, seeking to distill their essence over extended treatments of a motif. His early pastel Nature Symbolized was inspired by the experience of wind on a hillside, its movement over land and vegetation reduced to spiky arcs and comma shapes; with similarly elongated forms, O'Keeffe distilled the essence of storm sweeping over Lake George.

From such natural inspirations, grand or small, O'Keeffe derived the basis for her distinctive designs, compositions which mark the continuation of her abstract vision in the 1920s, even as she concurrently moved toward more representational views of the world around her.

Georgia O'Keeffe's Masterpieces

  • Oriental Poppies
    Oriental Poppies
  • Ram's Head with Hollyhock
    Ram's Head with Hollyhock
  • Red Canna
    Red Canna
  • Music Pink and Blue II
    Music Pink and Blue II
  • Flower of Life II
    Flower of Life II
  • Deer's Skull with Pedernal
    Deer's Skull with Pedernal
  • From the Lake
    Abstraction White Rose
  • Autumn Leaves
    Autumn Leaves
  • Cows Skull with Calico Roses
    Cows Skull with Calico Roses
  • Jack in the Pulpit
    Jack in the Pulpit
  • Music Pink and Blue
    Music Pink and Blue
  • Ram's Head, Blue Morning Glory
    Ram's Head, Blue Morning Glory
  • From the Lake
    From the Lake
  • Black Iris
    Black Iris
  • Summer Days
    Summer Days