A refreshing re-encounter with the monumental paintings of the great American artist. Texts by noteworthy authors underscore Georgia O'Keeffe's exceptional position in the history of twentieth-century painting.
Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) is certainly one of the great figures of twentieth-century art. European audiences associate her mostly with the close-up flower paintings known from posters, postcards, and calendars, with pictures of format-filling, totem-like animal skulls or with the mythic figure of the artist herself as depicted in photographs by Alfred Steglitz. This large-format monograph on Georgia O'Keeffe encourages a more intensive encounter with her work-her idiosyncratic way of painting seemingly characterized by a state of suspension. Her bold picture conceptions and spatial designs are balanced between image and abstraction, between close-up and monumentality, nature representation and artificiality. Georgia O'Keeffe absorbed various influences early in her career-European and American Modernism, for instance, and later those of native cultures-but from the very beginning, her tonal application of pigment and her photograph-like manner of composition served to distinguish her from the European tradition, leading her towards stylisations which even might even be called "pre-Pop." (German edition available ISBN 3-757-1360-3)