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Geese and Hollyhocks

A work made of oil on canvas mounted on board.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas mounted on board.




Jessie Arms Botke
American, 1883–1971

About this artwork

In Geese and Hollyhocks, Jessie Arms Botke filled nearly the entire composition with flowers and vegetation, creating a painting with striking decorative effects. Embedded in the flora, four geese stretch across the shallow foreground, the overlapping, undulating shapes of their long necks and bodies introducing a sense of movement.

Born in Chicago, Botke studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She worked in New York for several years at the textile firm Herter Looms, where she produced designs for tapestries and decorative panels, and later relocated to California. Botke also executed numerous mural commissions. The artist specialized in renderings of birds, drawing inspiration from Japanese aesthetics such as woodblock prints.


On View, Gallery 171


Arts of the Americas


Jessie Arms Botke


Geese and Hollyhocks


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas mounted on board


Signed recto, bottom-left, in red pigment: Jessie / Arms / Botke


71.1 × 90.2 cm (28 × 35 1/2 in.)

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Friends of American Art Collection

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