Poppies by George O’Keefe (1928)

One of my favorite artists is Georgia O’Keefe.

This early painting from 1928 (from the very start of O’Keefe’s fame) is so gorgeous–the colors, textures, shapes… everything.

Mostly, I like the boldness and mix of the colors.

While it is a painting of flowers–which is traditionally a “female” subject matter–O’Keefe’s unfaltering handling of the simultaneous delicacy and brashness of the two blooms transforms the picture away from what many people might consider (in 1928) proper subject matter for a lady… or a woman. Definitely a sensuous, sensual painting.

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