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Georgia O’Keeffe, a major figure of American art in the 20th century, is considered the “mother of American Modernism,” but never affiliated herself with any art movement; rather, she preferred to stay true to her own vision. Extremely prolific, she created over 2000 works – including but not limited to the paintings of enlarged flowers she is best known for.
The second-largest art museum in the United States is home to 21 of Georgia O’Keeffe’s works from various periods of her life. The artist had a history with this museum: it held her first retrospective in 1943. That it does not own any of her famous flower paintings should not be seen as a disappointment, but as a chance for discovery: indeed, the collection includes lesser-known abstract paintings such as Blue and Green Music, a 1919-21 painting which explores, according to the artist herself, “The idea that music could be translated into something for the eye.”
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