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18"x 24"x 3/4" deep / OIl on cavas

Georgia O'Keefe saw beauty in what might normally be viewed as creepy or morbid. She said of the skulls,“To me they are as beautiful as anything I know. To me they are strangely more living than the animals walking around. . . . The bones seem to cut more sharply to the center of something that is keenly alive on the desert even tho’ it is vast and empty and untouchable—and knows no kindness with all its beauty.” I think the placement of a live flower was her way of depicting this sentiment that the sun-bleached skulls still retained so much life. 

Ode to O'Keeffe