The blue is amazing!
This is such an interesting landscape by O'Keeffe. Even though it was made in New Mexico, it reminds me of her earlier flower and plant paintings.
I love that the brilliant blue sky is just beyond the dark trees.
Looks like hair follicles growing out of skin.
What an interesting perspective! I hadn't seen it that way before but now I do!
In this picture the trees look very rubbery and flexible; did she intend this and is this what the trees in the west looked like?
Great question! I know that painting was completed in New Mexico and that the trees are depicted with stylization, but unfortunately, I don't have information on what type of tree they may be. However, I believe it is a combination of the realistic soft coloration of trees in the desert and O'Keeffe's Modernist style that make them look rubbery or flexible.
I am re-reading this exchange you had with my 11 year old daughter and I just want to thank you for this service. It certainly engaged her in the art.
How wonderful to hear! That makes us happy.
Tell me more.
This painting by Georgia O'Keeffe is representative of the kinds of visuals that attracted her in New Mexico, the bright blue sky and red-brown landscape.
You may also notice how she pays special attention to "filling the space in a beautiful way," according to the teachings of one of her teachers, Arthur Wesley Dow. She focuses heavily on the positive and negative space.