Georgia O'Keeffe Evening Star No. III 1917

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“The evening star would be high in the sunset sky when it was still broad daylight,” O’Keeffe recalled of her time in Texas. “That evening star fascinated me.” In this sequence of watercolors, she merges subject, material, and technique to trace the progression of a sunset: from an allover expanse of wet-on-wet color to distinct bands of pigment separated by passages of paper to fuzzy dissolution. The last iteration was made on a different paper from the others—a laid, long-fibered stock that encourages the diffused soaking and staining appropriate for conveying the culmination of this natural spectacle.

Gallery label from Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes Time, April 09, 2023–August 12, 2023
Watercolor on paper mounted on board
8 7/8 x 11 7/8" (22.7 x 30.4 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. Donald B. Straus Fund
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© 2024 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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