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Green, Yellow and Orange

Serpentine curves inspired by natural forms were a mainstay of Georgia O'Keeffe's art from the earliest years of her career (in the 1910s), when she derived inspiration in part from the turn-of-the-century organic aesthetic of Art Nouveau design. Later in her career, O'Keeffe found new pictorial opportunities in the aerial view, as in this work suggesting the ribbonlike meander of a western river through arid terrain. In examples such as this, her reference to place is almost entirely subsumed by the force of the abstract design.

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