O’Keeffe may have created this and the other watercolor nearby of stylish women against decorative backgrounds for classroom use. Both works demonstrate the application of flat, stylized design to fashion illustration. In this same period, the magazine Vanity Fair published similar stylized illustrations by O’Keeffe, who was searching for additional ways to turn her art skills into income.
Georgia O’Keeffe, “After the ball is over, the New York debutante retires to her midenly couch,” Vanity Fair, November 1916, p. 41.
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