Georgia O'Keeffe Special No. 39 1919

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Across this trio of works, O’Keeffe first simplified a composition in the same medium, then tested that arrangement in a different medium. In the charcoal No. 17–Special, two velvety black spheres emerge from vertical slits that look like folds in a sheet of fabric. In the second charcoal, Special No. 39, the veil is lifted, leaving a starkly blank background. And in the third work, Green Lines and Pink, the orbs’ positions are switched and the composition’s effects are entirely altered by O’Keeffe’s introduction of electric color.

Gallery label from Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes Time, April 09, 2023–August 12, 2023
Charcoal on paper
19 5/8 x 12 3/4" (49.8 x 32.4 cm)
Gift of The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation
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© 2024 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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