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Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes Time

Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes Time


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Recalling a charcoal she created in 1916, Georgia O'Keeffe once reflected, “I have made this drawing several times—never remembering that I had made it before—and not knowing where the idea came from.” These drawings, along with the majority of her works in charcoal, watercolor, pastel, and graphite, belong to series where she develops and transforms motifs that exist between observation and abstraction. In the crucial years of 1915 to 1918, she produced just as many works on paper as she would in the following 40 years, creating sequences of abstract lines, organic landscapes, and nudes in watercolor, as well as charcoal drawings grouped under the label of "specials." While her focus shifted towards canvas in later decades, she revisited important series on paper, including charcoal flowers in the 1930s, portraits in the 1940s, and aerial views in the 1950s.

Accompanying an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, this extensively illustrated book showcases the sketches of a painter who was also an accomplished artist. It brings together individual drawings with their corresponding series, offering insight into O'Keeffe's consistently sequential approach.


Product Details

  • Product Type: Exhibition Catalog, Hardcover
  • 200 pages, with 200 illustrations
  • Publication Date:
  • Shipping Dimensions: 10.9 × 9.3 × 0.8 inches
    (27.7 × 23.6 × 2.0 cm)
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 lb (38.4 oz; 1089 g)
  • SKU010009262 | 9781633451476

About Samantha Friedman and Laura Neufeld

Samantha Friedman is an associate curator at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Laura Neufeld is an associate paper conservator at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

About the Artist, Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986), an iconic American artist, is renowned for her groundbreaking contributions to modern art and her distinctive depictions of nature and landscapes. Born on November 15, 1887, in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, O'Keeffe displayed a remarkable talent for art from an early age. She embarked on a transformative artistic journey, becoming a pioneer of American modernism and an influential figure in the art world.

O'Keeffe's artistic vision was characterized by her bold use of color, precise attention to detail, and a unique ability to capture the essence of her subjects. Her notable works often featured enlarged flowers, New Mexico landscapes, and architectural abstractions. O'Keeffe's art transcended traditional boundaries and offered a fresh perspective on the world around her. Her unique approach and captivating compositions earned her widespread acclaim and cemented her as one of the most prominent artists of the 20th century. Georgia O'Keeffe's remarkable legacy continues to inspire and captivate art enthusiasts worldwide, leaving an indelible mark on the art world.

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