Georgia O'Keeffe Banana Flower 1934

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While in Bermuda with her friend and fellow artist Marjorie Content, O’Keeffe observed the gradual opening of a banana flower, whose unique structure can be seen in the photographs Content took of the same subject. “Each petal had a row of little white flowers under it,” O’Keeffe recalled. “As the petal turns back and dies the little white flowers become bananas.” She recorded this natural progression in a series of charcoal drawings, including the three seen here.

Gallery label from Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes Time, April 09, 2023–August 12, 2023
Charcoal on paper
21 3/4 x 14 3/4" (55.2 x 37.7 cm)
Given anonymously (by exchange)
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© 2023 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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