8 x 10"
oil on panel
I have this thing for morning glories and moonflowers. The simple pleasure of being greeted in the morning with the purple and blue blooms that weren't there the day before and won't be there the next day - it reminds you to live in the moment. The same with moonflowers - big, white blooms that open around dusk, just for that one night.
So naturally, Georgia O'Keeffe's Ram's Head, Blue Morning Glory ranks up there as a personal favorite.
O'Keeffe painted this during an important transition of her own life. Described as marking the death of one aspect of her life as an artist and a woman and the blooming of even better things. She had left New York City, possibly ending her career as an artist. The morning glory symbolizes how much she flourished in her new home - isolated in the desert opposed to living in one of the country's largest cities. She developed a deep respect for the land and the Hopi culture in many of her paintings during those years.
From the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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