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Blue and Green Music

Abstract painting in predominant shades of blue, green, and black, featuring diagonal bands of color and undulating lines.
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  • Abstract painting in predominant shades of blue, green, and black, featuring diagonal bands of color and undulating lines.

Date:

1919/21

Artist:

Georgia O’Keeffe
American, 1887–1986

About this artwork

Around 1920 Georgia O’Keeffe painted a number of oils exploring, as she later recalled, “the idea that music could be translated into something for the eye.” In Blue and Green Music, O’Keeffe’s colors and forms simultaneously suggest the natural world and evoke the experience of sound. She was drawn to the theories of the Russian Expressionist painter Vasily Kandinsky, who, in his 1912 text Concerning the Spiritual in Art, argued that visual artists should emulate music in order to achieve pure expression free of literary references.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 271

Artist

Georgia O'Keeffe

Title

Blue and Green Music

Origin

United States

Date

c. 1919–1921

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

58.4 × 48.3 cm (23 × 18 in.)

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection, gift of Georgia O'Keeffe

Reference Number

1969.835

Copyright

© The Art Institute of Chicago

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