Georgia Totto O'Keeffe's "Pansies 1924" by louannwarren

Georgia Totto O'Keeffe's "Pansies 1924"

I took this photo at the O'Keeffe exhibit at the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. I thought her words described this iconic painting so perfectly:

"Nobody sees a flower, really, it is so small. We haven't time - and to see takes time like to have a friend takes time. If I could paint the flower exactly as I see it no one would see what I see because I would paint it small like the flower is small. 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 taking time to look at it - I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers. ...Well, I made you take time to look at what I saw and when you took time to really notice my flower you hung all your own associations with flowers on my flower and you write about my flower as if I think and see what you think and see of the flower - and I don't."

The link went on to talk about her time at her home in Lake George, New York: "O'Keeffe not only used her natural surroundings at Lake George as a source of inspiration, she also mined the garden she maintained on the Stieglitz farm for fresh motifs and themes. In the summer of 1924, she began planting beds of blue and purple petunias in order to study their subtle, radiant hues. The growing of petunias that pivotal summer provided the impetus for her first enlarged floral painting, Petunia No. 2, an extraordinary prelude to the artist's flower paintings, long considered her most original contribution to twentieth-century art. O'Keeffe's preoccupation with petunias culminated in this 1924 canvas."

She was such an extraordinary artist. For my purple rainbow photo today.
beautiful Lou Ann
March 16th, 2019  
Oh ... she really conveyed the richness of the tones and subtlety of the petunia so well!
And you captured her iconic painting perfectly.
Well done!
March 16th, 2019  
@annied @farmreporter the more I read about her, the more I love her. She was her own woman and she did not care one whit about what people thought! A magnificent woman.
March 16th, 2019  
Beautiful
March 16th, 2019  
Beautiful pop of purple , and I love Georgia O Keeffe's work ! Fascinating woman ! fav
March 16th, 2019  
Beautiful purple flower shot.
March 16th, 2019  
Beautiful capture Lou Ann!
March 16th, 2019  
Lovely image and I enjoyed your narrative.
March 16th, 2019  
Such a beautiful image and great words.
March 16th, 2019  
Beautiful !
March 16th, 2019  
bep
Beautiful capture. I love O'Keeffe's work.
March 16th, 2019  
Beautiful purple shot!
March 16th, 2019  
She was definitely one of a kind! Beautiful.
March 16th, 2019  
I thought this looked familiar, LouAnn! Love it and its perfect for the rainbow month! :) fav.
March 16th, 2019  
Beautiful
March 16th, 2019  
Its a beautiful piece of artwork Lou Ann thanks for sharing it with us:)
March 16th, 2019  
Beautiful.
March 16th, 2019  
Such interesting information and a beautiful shot of her gorgeous art.
March 17th, 2019  
Gorgeous!
March 17th, 2019  
Great to learn more about OKeefe and even nicer - to see one of her pictures!
March 17th, 2019  
Pansies - ahhhhh so beautiful! FAV
March 17th, 2019  
@bkbinthecity @beryl @mittens @jacqbb @taffy @henrir @ziggy77 @gijsje @carole_sandford @olivetreeann @gardenfolk @joansmor @pcoulson @onewing @grammyn @kwind @maggiemae @gigiflower Thank you all for your lovely comments and faves. This photo is on the TP and PP because of you. Thank you so much. Georgia was quite a gal!
March 17th, 2019  
This is so beautiful, I love the subject and the colour
March 25th, 2019  
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