Modern and Contemporary Art
Two Calla Lilies on Pink
Georgia O'Keeffe, American, 1887 - 1986
Oil on canvas
Currently not on view
1987-70-4Bequest of Georgia O'Keeffe for the Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1987
LabelGeorgia O'Keeffe once remarked, "What is my experience of the flower if not color?" This large-scale painting of two calla lilies is an extraordinary example of her floral paintings, made of sweeping, broad waves of subtly blended hues. The white petals, highlighted in green, are arranged against a pink backdrop penetrated by two bright yellow pistils. O'Keeffe's abstracted floral studies from the 1920s and 1930s have strong sexual overtones, although the artist denied that this was her intention.