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A Paper (Plus Bibliography) Analyzing The Georgia O'keefe Painting Oriental Poppies. Two Sources.

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Georgia O'Keefe's Oriental PoppiesA paper (plus bibliography) analyzing the Georgia O'Keefe painting Oriental Poppies. Two sources.During my visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art I encountered some art by the American abstract painter Georgia Totto O'Keefe. When studying this artist I found that he enjoyed a long life, living from 1887 to 1986. She received worldwide admiration for her still-life masterpieces that detailed elaborate, vibrant and lifelike flowers and landscapes with Southwestern themes. Oriental Poppies (1927) was one of O'Keefe's most noted masterpieces and was on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art during my visit. This paper will provide an analysis of Oriental Poppies.O'Keefe was born on a dairy farm in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin in 1887. She studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago. While teaching art in Texas, she met and married the American photographer Alfred Stieglitz. The couple moved to New York City, but O'Keefe traveled to New Mexico every year to paint the Southwestern desert. When Stieglitz died in 1946, she moved to New Mexico. She pursued a life of travel and painting for the next 25 years. O'Keefe's work flourished in the 1970s, as art lovers showed an admiration of her style. In 1972, O'Keefe stopped painting when her eyesight began to fail. She died on March 6, 1986 at the age of 98. (Georgia O'Keefe website)In 1923, O'Keefe began painting flowers and leaves, creating some of her best-known work. Oriental Poppies, created in 1927, is an oil-on-canvas painting. Oriental Poppies is just one of the many flower paintings created by O'Keefe. Her flower paintings have been viewed by some scholars as her response to such modern photographers as her husband Stieglitz and Paul Strand, who focused on and closely cropped their subjects in an attempt to discover their core essences. O'Keefe copies this technique in her compositions. By creating an oversized close-up of the poppies and removing them from any discernible context, she abstracts the organic forms into black and red shapes. Indeed, her husband's opinion was of the utmost importance to her, as she once said, "I believe I would rather have Stieglitz like something...anything I had done...than anyone else I know of..." (Georgia O'Keefe website)Viewers of O'Keefe's paintings, which on display at the MET have long admired her unique painting style and ability to capture the unspeakable beauty of her subjects. Through her paintings, she is able to induce in the viewer emotions and responses to her work in the way she perceives it herself. This ability has made her one of the great painters of our time.Through uniting the naturalness and abstractness in her subjects and emphasizing their size, O'Keefe has brought a great deal of attention to the unusual way she presents her subjects. She is famous for using quite a delicate subject in her paintings -- the flower. When observing one of O'Keefe's flowers, a...

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