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Autumn Leaves—Lake George, N. Y.
Georgie O'Keeffe (American, 1887 - 1986)
1924. Oil on canvas, 20 1/4 x 16 1/4". 1981.006
Born in Wisconsin, Georgia O’Keeffe studied art in Chicago and in New York City, where she became one of the pioneering modern artists. In most of her paintings, O’Keeffe explored the boundary between representation and abstraction. This work is one of a number of abstract studies of autumn leaves dating from the 1920s, when she and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz, spent time at his family’s summer home at Lake George, New York. To O’Keeffe, leaves were kindred living things and symbols of the season; magnified, they became semi-abstract compositions with fascinating, subtle nuances of color, texture, and rhythmic contours.