Georgia Okeeffe Prints

Written by Serena Berger
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Georgia Okeeffe prints can be viewed on two distinct levels. Generally considered the most important American woman painter thus far, Okeeffe is famous firstly for large, vibrant painting of flowers and secondarily for rather stark and eerie paintings of skulls. While Okeeffe did indeed have a confessed fascination with both skulls and flowers, many people interpret her work as a profound feminist commentary on, as well as a simple homage to, these objects of her enduring curiosity.

There are several equally famous Georgia Okeeffe prints of flowers--no single one from this style can be considered the sole definitive work. From a decorative point of view, Okeeffe could be seen as a feminine counterpart to Mark Rothko, with his color field paintings in almost every imaginable color scheme. Okeeffe offers vibrant works in the red-orange range, such as Red Canna, mysterious black and purple works such as Black and Purple Petunias, or gentle white and pale yellow flowers like White Camelia, or Orchid.

There is no denying that many people select Georgia Okeeffe prints for this very reason. When decorating any space in which you will spending a great deal of time, it may not be the most powerful, moving, or challenging works of art that you want to hang. And yet you would like to hang something with enough substance and sufficient artistic significance that you will not grow tired of it or find it banal. With their combination of accessibility, beauty, and technical merit, Okeeffe's flower paintings fit this niche perfectly.

The Feminist Interpretation of Georgia Okeeffe Prints

If you are interested in the dual interpretation of Okeeffe's work, look no further than Gray Line, Music Pink and Blue, or Cow's Skull with Calico Roses. Some of these paintings can be seen as rather threatening to the patriarchy. Jack in the Pulpit IV, for example, is a very dark and sensual piece, which is evocative of female genitalia; for someone who is uncomfortable seeing such a thing in fine art, the discomfort is probably compounded by the air of deep mystery and power in the image. Grey Line with Black Blue & Yellow might be a slightly less intense introduction to a similar theme within O'Keefe's work.


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