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Red and Orange Streak
Red and Orange Streak, 1919
Georgia O'Keeffe, American
Oil on canvas
27 x 23 inches (68.6 x 58.4 cm)
Bequest of Georgia O'Keeffe for the Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1987
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First Looks

  • What is the brightest color in this painting? What is the darkest?
  • What shapes do you see? Do they appear to be still or moving? How can you tell? Which one could be the horizon? Which ones looks like letters of the alphabet?
  • Where could this be? What time of day? Why?
  • What do you think is happening?

Second Looks

  • What part of the painting seems closest? Most far away? Where is the focal point, the part your eye is most drawn to? Why?
  • Find some places where the colors blend gradually. Where are they separated by clean edges?
  • What sounds do you think of when you look at this painting? Why?



Connect and Compare

  • Learn about lightning—what causes it, the different types of lightning, and how different climates and geography affect it.
  • Find out about other American modernists: Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, and John Marin.
  • Make a timeline comparing the lives and artworks of Violet Oakley and Georgia O’Keeffe.
  • Research the history of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Related Art Project

Search through memories of storms that you have experienced and pick the most riveting one. Were you at home, at school, or on vacation? In the country, the city, or the suburbs? What part of the country were you in? Was it night or day? How did you feel? Was it a rainstorm, a silent snowstorm, or a roaring hurricane? Make ten small watercolor paintings on index cards, showing the sights and sounds of your storm. Choose the one you like best, or combine elements from several to create a larger composition using oil pastels.

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