Over 100 works by the pioneering artist reveal her to be more than just a 'painter of flowers'.
Georgia O'Keeffe is widely credited as the 'mother of modernism' and her esteemed Jimson Weed, White Flower holds the record for being the most expensive painting by a female artist ever to be sold at auction. And yet there are no works by O'Keeffe in a UK public collection.
This summer Tate Modern's sprawling retrospective of the American artist showcases her talent to audiences in Britain. As well as the flower paintings for which she is best known, less familiar early works reveal her synaesthetic experiments with music, colour and composition.
Key to the display is a selection of the art she created in New Mexico – where she lived intermittently between 1929 and 1946 and then fulltime until 1984. O'Keeffe would take trips into the mountains and deserts of the region, making pictures of the landscape, old ruins, clouds and sky. The rocks and bones she collected from the desert floor were also important subjects for her work.
One of her favourite locations to paint was an area that was so remote she called it the 'Black Place'. Camping out there for extended periods, at times the wind was so strong she had trouble keeping her canvas on the easel, while at others she had to crawl under her car for shelter from the intense heat of the sun.