Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887-1986) Attributed: Alligator Pears, ca 1920's. Oil on sack cloth, signed verso, unframed; decorative labels verso.
Georgia O’Keeffe was an American modernist painter known as "The Mother of Modernism". She is most recognized for her paintings of flowers, the desert landscapes of New Mexico; and the skyscrapers of New York.
O'Keeffe's still lifes from the early 1920s are a series of explorations in looking at things close at hand--the fruit and vegetables grown at Lake George, the leaves picked up and examined in all their various shapes, the clam shells gathered in Maine, the flowers bought in New York. Yet if we compare them to the real things or other artists' representations of such things, it rapidly becomes evident that O'Keeffe has made these objects uniquely hers. She has recognized, as most modern artists, that the work of art is an object itself, a thing apart from that which is represented" (in E.H. Turner, Georgia O'Keeffe: The Poetry of Things, Washington, D.C., 1999, p. 53).
13 x 17 inches canvas; 32.7 x 42.6 cm
Private collection, Canada.
Great condition; pressure marks from stretcher bars are visible through the front of the canvas; vertical crack in paint running up the left edge of the canvas; moderate surface grime throughout.
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