Hibiscus with Plumeria

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Gallery Label
Intrigued by the opportunity to paint tropical flora, Georgia O'Keeffe accepted an offer posed by the Dole Pineapple Company to travel to Hawaii and create paintings for an advertising campaign in 1939. She visited Maui, Oahu, Hawaii, and Kauai, painting the islands' dramatic gorges, waterfalls, and tropical flowers, among them Hibiscus with Plumeria. Pink and yellow petals towering against a clear blue sky transform the delicate blossoms into a joyous monumentality. But of the twenty canvases of Hawaii she completed, none showed a pineapple. Only after Dole had one flown to New York did she finally, if reluctantly, paint the desired fruit.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Painting and Sculpture
1939
Object number
2004.30.6
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Sam Rose and Julie Walters
Artist
Georgia O'Keeffe, born Sun Prairie, WI 1887-died Santa Fe, NM 1986
Topic
Object\flower\hibiscus
Object\flower\plumeria
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Painting