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Two Calla Lilies on Pink

Georgia O'Keeffe, American, 1887 - 1986

Made in United States, North and Central America


Oil on canvas

40 × 30 inches (101.6 × 76.2 cm) Framed: 41 9/16 × 31 1/2 × 2 inches (105.6 × 80 × 5.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Bequest of Georgia O'Keeffe for the Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1987

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Georgia O’Keeffe once remarked, “What is my experience of the flower if not color?” This painting of two calla lilies is an extraordinary example of her floral compositions, made of sweeping, broad waves of subtly blended hues. The white petals, highlighted in green, are arranged against a pink backdrop, and from each one emerges a bright yellow pistil. Many have interpreted O’Keeffe’s depictions of floral anatomy in relation to sexuality and gender, but the artist always resisted these interpretations, considering them too specific and limiting.