From 1923 the calla lily becomes her favorite theme, and before the end of the decade her friends take fun in assimilating the woman and the plant. Both are wild, vigorous, sensual, authoritarian, independent.
In New York Georgia is surrounded by the group of photographers led by Stieglitz. It is interesting to note that at the same time in California, Imogen Cunningham enters the heart of flowers with her camera after selecting magnolia and calla.
Georgia revolves around her flower to get perspectives of the widest variety. The friends find sex symbols that Georgia will not seek to deny or confirm. An oil on canvas 81 x 43 cm painted in 1927 was sold for $ 9M including premium by Sotheby's on May 20, 2015.
On November 14 in New York, Sotheby's sells Calla lilies on red, oil on canvas of the same size painted in 1928, lot 15 estimated $ 8M.
This artwork shows a floral arrangement of two plants. The small bouquet that served as a model appears as placed flat on a red cloth, but the vertical vision of the painting brings great strength to its symmetrical composition.
The two flowers are huddled together and half wrapped in a large leaf. The similarity is clear with a drawing made in 1915, numbered XIII, considered as the abstract expression of a landscape. In the art of Georgia all themes are related.
Calla lilies on red is sold by the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum of Santa Fe NM for the benefit of its acquisition fund. From the same provenance, the Jimson Weed, large oil on canvas 122 x 102 cm painted in 1932, was sold for $ 44.4M including premium by Sotheby's on November 20, 2014 over a lower estimate of $ 10M.
SOLD for $ 6.3M including premium