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Ballet Skirt or Electric Light

A work made of oil on canvas.
© The Art Institute of Chicago

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1927

Artist:

Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887–1986)

About this artwork

In the 1920s Georgia O’Keeffe began creating the paintings of enlarged flowers for which she is most famous, including a series of works devoted to the white rose; this painting is her most abstracted depiction of the subject. O’Keeffe simplified the energy of the blooming rose to its essence, so that it resembles a brilliant light radiating out of flat Cubist planes. She exhibited this painting as White Rose—Abstraction at Alfred Stieglitz’s Intimate Gallery in 1928 and retitled it Ballet Skirt or Electric Light (from the White Rose Motif) when she lent it to the Art Institute of Chicago’s 1943 retrospective of her work.

Status

On View, Gallery 271

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Georgia O'Keeffe

Title

Ballet Skirt or Electric Light

Place

United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1927

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed and dated verso: G. O'Keeffe / Aug.--Sept. / 1927 / --

Dimensions

91.4 × 76.2 cm (36 × 30 in.)

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection, bequest of Georgia O'Keeffe

Reference Number

1987.250.1

Copyright

© The Art Institute of Chicago

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