Yellow Calla

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Yellow Calla

Artist
Georgia O'Keeffe, born Sun Prairie, WI 1887-died Santa Fe, NM 1986
Luce Center Label
The waxy, long-stemmed calla lily captivated Georgia O'Keeffe in the 1920s. The calla lily was a popular subject in American art in the 1920s and 1930s, when it was fashionable to read sexual and psychological values into the blooms. (Lynes, Georgia O'Keeffe and the Calla Lily in American Art, 1860-1940, 2002). But O'Keeffe objected to this, and insisted that the point of painting any flower so closely and hypnotically was to make people see it for the first time.
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Woodward Foundation
1926
Object number
1978.34
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Type
Painting
Medium
oil on fiberboard
Dimensions
9 x 12 3/4 in. (22.9 x 32.4 cm)
Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1st Floor, North Wing
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Topic
Object\flower\lily
Record ID
saam_1978.34
GUID (Link to Original Record)
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7fc63d508-a563-4c60-9052-4ced609f09fd