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Dark Abstraction

Artist
Georgia O'Keeffe, American, 1887–1986
Date
1924
Material
Oil on canvas
Place made
Lake George, New York, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 334
Dimensions
25 3/8 x 21 1/8 in. (64.5 x 53.7 cm)
framed: 25 5/8 x 21 3/8 x 2 1/4 in. (65.1 x 54.3 x 5.7 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles E. and Mary Merrill
Rights
© The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY
Object Number
187:1955
NOTES
"Dark Abstraction’s" sensuous forms and colors, such as the delicate folds of red and green, evoke the intensely magnified shape of a flower. On the other hand, its graceful lines suggest a landscape. Georgia O’Keeffe often selected details of nature as her subjects and enlarged or distilled them until they took on a new appearance. She created a highly personal artistic language rooted in nature, expressing beauty and emotion through the use of line, color, form, or pattern.
1935 - 1955
Charles E. and Mary Merrill, St. Louis, MO, USA; Paris, France [1]

1955 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, given by Charles E. and Mary Merrill [2]


Notes:
[1] Charles Merrill purchased the painting from an unknown source in 1935. He and his wife gave the painting to the museum in 1955 [SLAM document files].

[2] Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, May 5, 1955.
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