About This Artwork

Georgia O'Keeffe
American, 1887-1986

Ballet Skirt or Electric Light, 1927

Oil on canvas
91.4 x 76.2 cm (36 x 30 in.)
Signed and dated verso: G. O'Keeffe / Aug.--Sept. / 1927 / --

Alfred Stieglitz Collection, bequest of Georgia O'Keeffe, 1987.250.1

© The Art Institute of Chicago

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

New York, Intimate Gallery, "O'Keeffe Exhibition," January 11–February 27, 1927, cat. 18, as "White Rose--Abstraction."

Art Institute of Chicago, "Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe," January 21-February 22, 1943, as "Ballet Skirt or Electric Light,"

Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau, "American Art in the 20th Century: Painting and Sculpture, 1913-1993," May 8-July 25, 1993; traveled to London, Royal Academy of Arts, September 16-December 12, 1993 (Berlin only).

Washington DC, Phillips Collection, "Georgia O'Keeffe: the Poetry of Things," April 17-July 18, 1999; traveled to Santa Fe, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, August 7-October 17, 1999; Dallas Museum of Art, November 7, 1999-January 30, 2000; Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, February 19-May 14, 2000 (Washington DC only) as "Abstraction: White Rose."

Whitney Museum of American Art, "Georgia O'Keeffe: Abstraction," September 17, 2009-January 17, 2010; traveled to Washington DC, Phillips Collection, February 6-May 9, 2012; Santa Fe, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, May 28-September 12, 2010 (New York only).

Publication History

Judith A. Barter et al., "American Modernism at the Art Institute of Chicago, From World War I to 1955," (Art Institute of Chicago/Yale University Press, 2009), cat. 50.




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