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Ballet Skirt or Electric Light (from the White Rose Motif)

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




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.


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Georgia O'Keeffe


Ballet Skirt or Electric Light (from the White Rose Motif)


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Made 1927


Oil on canvas


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


91.8 × 76.2 cm (36 1/8 × 30 in.)

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Alfred Stieglitz Collection, bequest of Georgia O'Keeffe

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© The Art Institute of Chicago

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