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Dark Abstraction

Georgia O'Keeffe, American, 1887–1986
Oil on canvas
Made in
Lake George, New York, United States, North and Central America
Current Location
On View, Gallery 334
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
© Georgia O'Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY
Object Number
"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]

[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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