Friday, April 25, 2014
Georgia O'Keeffe's Leaves and Fruit
I saw the exhibition Modern Nature: Georgia O'Keeffe and Lake George at the de Young Museum the other day. It was neat to see her early paintings before she went to the dessert--the same hand and sensibility even so early on, but operating on completely different landscapes, completely different flowers, and therefore using a completely different color palette than that of the later work which came to define her oeuvre. The show mostly consisted of medium-sized canvases which I didn't think were being done any great service by being hung in the large--indeed somewhat cavernous--special exhibition galleries on the museum's lower level. A more intimate presentation would have been nice. Especially for the pieces I liked most of all in the show: six or eight quite small paintings, some of leaves and some of flowers. Here are most of them. Aren't they cool?
(Though once again I am reminded how absurdly difficult it can be to find decent even semi-high-res images of less-famous works, even by the most famous artists. And how absurd is that? In our much heralded digital age shouldn't this be something that's readily available to all?)