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A Celebration

Photo: Mark Woods

A Celebration


Georgia O'Keeffe

Born Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, 1887; died Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1986

Even if I could put down accurately certain things that I saw and enjoyed it would not give the observer the kind of feeling the object gave meI had to create an equivalent for what I felt about what I was looking atnot copy it.

Georgia O'Keeffe, 1937

Oil on canvas
34 7/8 x 18 in. (88.6 x 45.7 cm)
Framed: 36 1/4 x 19 3/8 (92.1 x 49.2 cm)
Gift of The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation
Provenance: Estate of the artist, 1986; to The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation, Abiquiu, New Mexico, 1989-1993
Photo: Mark Woods
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryNew York, The Anderson Galleries, Seven Americans, Mar. 9 - 28, 1925. Checklist no. 113.

London, England, The Hayward Gallery, Georgia O’Keeffe: American and Modern, Apr. 8 - June 22, 1993 (Mexico City, Mexico, Palacio de Bellas Artes, July 15 - Oct. 1, 1993; Yokohama, Japan, Yokohama Museum of Art, Oct. 30, 1993 - Jan.16, 1994). Text by Charles C. Eldredge. Cat. no. 46, pp. 171, 223.

Zürich, Switzerland, Kunsthaus Zürich, Georgia O’Keeffe, Oct. 23, 2003 - Feb. 1, 2004. Cat. no. 14, p. 192, reproduced p. 77.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Modern in America, July 8, 2004 - Feb. 27, 2005. No catalogue.

Glens Falls, New York, The Hyde Collection, Modern Nature: Georgia O'Keeffe and Lake George, June 15 - Sept. 15, 2013.* Text by Erin B. Coe, Gwendolyn Owens, and Bruce Robertson. Cat. no. 27, p. 196, reproduced pl. 142. [*exhibition organized by the Hyde Collection and circulated to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, but A Celebration was lent to Hyde Collection only].

London, England, Tate Modern, Georgia O'Keeffe, July 6 - Oct. 30, 2016.* Text by Tanya Barson, et al. No cat. no., reproduced fig. 69, p. 74 [*exhibition organized by Tate Modern and circulated to Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien and Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, but A Celebration was lent to Tate Modern only].
Published ReferencesKalonyme, Louis. “Georgia O’Keeffe: A Woman in Painting,” Creative Art 2, no. 1 (January 1928): p. xxxix, reproduced [as Cloud Forms].

Peters, Sarah Whitaker. Becoming O’Keeffe: The Early Years. New York: Abbeville Press, 1991; pp. 225; 326, n. 79; 334, n. 32 [as location unknown].

“O’Keeffe Painting Displayed in Seattle,” Moscow, Idaho, and Pullman, Washington, Daily News, November 17, 1994.

Lynes, Barbara Buhler. Georgia O’Keeffe: Catalogue Raisonné, 2 vols. New Haven and London: Yale University Press for the National Gallery of Art and The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation, 1999; Vol. 1, no. 452, p. 245, reproduced; Vol. 2, Appendix III, figure 27, p. 1116.

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