Yellow Calla

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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
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Painting and Sculpture
1926
Object number
1978.34
Artist
Georgia O'Keeffe, born Sun Prairie, WI 1887-died Santa Fe, NM 1986
Topic
Object\flower\lily
Medium
oil on fiberboard
Dimensions
9 x 12 3/4 in. (22.9 x 32.4 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Painting