Artwork Title: Red Poppy, No. VI - Artist Name: Georgia O'Keeffe

Red Poppy, No. VI

Georgia O'Keeffe, 1928

I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty. (Georgia O'Keeffe) Whether the flower or the color is the focus I do not know. I do know the flower is painted large to convey my experience with the flower - and what is my experience if it is not the color? (Georgia O'Keeffe) I know I cannot paint a flower. I cannot paint the sun on the desert on a bright summer morning, but maybe in terms of paint color I can convey to you my experience of the flower or the experience that makes the flower of significance to me at that particular time. (Georgia O'Keeffe) When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. (Georgia O'Keeffe) It was in the 1920s, when nobody had time to reflect, that I saw a still-life painting with a flower that was perfectly exquisite, but so small you really could not appreciate it. (Georgia O'Keeffe) I hate flowers - I paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move. (Georgia O'Keeffe) You write about my flower as if I think and see what you think and see of the flower – and I don't. (Georgia O'Keeffe)
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