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Essay: <em>Black Cross, New Mexico</em> by Georgia O'Keeffe

Essay: Black Cross, New Mexico by Georgia O'Keeffe

A brief essay focusing on Georgia O'Keeffe who was a pioneer of American modernism. She emphasized the essential beauty of her subjects by magnifying shapes and simplyfying details. In Black Cross, New Mexico the cross is thrust up against the picture plane, with its deep black form presented in stark contrast to the vivid sunset and rolling hills behind.

20th century, American, Modernism, nature, painting


Fine Arts
Elementary, High School, Middle School
Art from Many Places, Art Traditions of the United States, Learning about America through Art

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