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Exploring Georgia O’Keeffe’s Charcoal Drawings

Georgia O’Keeffe created a series of charcoal drawings in 1915. “Second, Out of My Head”, depicting geometric shapes rising out of water, is one of these works. Around 1915, O’Keeffe was in the process of transitioning from an art student to a modernist painter. The sharp contrast between the geometric shapes and the waves seems to point to O’Keeffe’s thoughts about figurative and abstract painting, as well as her continuing engagement with academic training and her emerging interest in cubist visual language .

Georgia O'Keeffe, Second, Out of My Head, charcoal drawing, 61 x 47 cm (24 x 18 1/2 in.), 1915, National Gallery of Art. Wikipedia: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charcoal_drawings_by_Georgia_O%27Keeffe_from_1915#/media/File: Second,_Out_of_My_Head,_Georgia_O'Keeffe,_1915,_NGA.tif), public domain image.
  • Messinger, Lisa Mintz. Georgia O’Keeffe. Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 42 (2). 1900. http://0-www.jstor.org.library.metmuseum.org/browse/00261521?config=jstor. 
  • Wagner, Ann Prentice. “Living on Paper: Georgia O’Keeffe and the Culture of Drawing and Watercolor in the Stieglitz Circle.” Ph.D. diss—University of Maryland, 2006.

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