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Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887–1986)
Poppies, 1950
Oil on canvas
36 × 30 in. (91.44 × 76.2 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley M1977.133
Photo credit: John R. Glembin
© 2019 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not Currently on View

In her treatment of form, O’Keeffe hovered tantalizingly between representation and abstraction throughout her long career. Flower paintings such as this became perhaps the best-known of her signature images. Set against the clear blue Southwestern sky, these over-scale poppies seductively reveal their inner beauty and proclaim themselves a generative force of nature.

Publication History
Benke, Britta. O'keeffe. Cologne, Germany: Taschen, 2016, p. 75, color illus.

Sleeth, Judith M. Art in Action, Prograom4, Modern Art. Menlo Park, Calif: Art in Action, 2007, p. 122.

Milwaukee Art Museum News, June 2006, no page number, color illus.

Milwaukee Art Museum News, April 2006, no page number, color illus.

Andera, Margaret, Nonie Gadsden, Britt Salvesen, and Laurie Winters. Collection Guide: Milwaukee Art Museum. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 2004, pp. 51 and 72, cat. 85, color illus. p. 51.

Milwaukee Art Museum News, September 2003, no page number, color illus.

Milwaukee Art Museum. Building a Masterpiece: Milwaukee Art Museum. New York: Hudson Hill Press, 2001, p. 148, color illus.

Lynes, Barbara Buhler, and Georgia O'Keeffe. Georgia O'Keeffe: Catalogue Raisonne´. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999, p. 756, cat. 1214.

Bonfante-Warren, Alexandra. A Passion for Flowers. New York: MetroBooks, 1996, fig. 27, color illus.

Benke, Britta, and Georgia O'Keeffe. Georgia O'Keeffe, 1887-1986: Flowers in the Desert. Cologne, Germany: Benedikt Taschen, 1995, p. 74, color illus. p. 75, photo credit p. 95.

O'Keeffe, Georgia, and Jula Dech. Georgia O'Keeffe: gemalde. Munich: Schirmer/Mosel, 1995, color pl. 21.

Abe, Nobuo, ed. dir., 20th-Century Masters from the Milwaukee Art Museum. Translated and edited by Brain Trust Inc. Japan: 20th-Century Masters from the Milwaukee Art Museum Catalogue Comittee, 1994, p. 92, cats. 48 and 143, color illus. p. 93.

Gherman, Beverly. Georgia O'Keeffe: The Wideness and Wonder of Her World. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1994, p. 6, b/w illus.

O'Keeffe, Georgia, and Nicholas Callaway. Georgia O'Keeffe: One Hundred Flowers. New York: Knopf in association with Callaway Editions, 1987, color pl. 95, b/w illus. last pages.

Renken, Arlene. Two Approaches at Odds. Spectrum Journal of Wisconsin Art Education Association 1 (1987): 11, b/w ‎illus.

Georgia O'keeffe: Painter of Stark Beauty. 50 Plus (April 1986): 65.

Goldstein, Rosalie, ed. Guide to the Permanent Collection. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1986, pp. 178–79, color illus. front cover.

Vogel, Ann H., ed. Focus: The Flower in Art; Selections from the Permanent Collection. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1986, p. 23, cat. 19, b/w illus. p. 19.

Garden Castro. The Art & Life of Georgia O'Keeffe. New York, New York: Crown Publishers, 1985, p. 177, color illus.

Milwaukee Art Center. Personal Selections from the Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley Collection. New Orleans: Bradley Family Foundation, 1975, color illus. p. 72.
Exhibition History
20th Century Masters from the Milwaukee Art Museum, Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo, July 2–August 9, 1994; Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya, August 11–September 4, 1994; Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art, Asahikawa, September 10–October 16, 1994; Daimaru Museum, Umeda-Osaka, October 19–November 7, 1994; Chiba Sogo Museum of Art, Chiba, November 26–December 29, 1994; Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Marugame, January 14–February 26, 1995.

Focus: The Flower in Art; Selections from the Permanent Collection, Milwaukee Art Museum, July 10–August 17, 1986.

This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.