Georgia O'Keefe: Are Those Flowers Really All That Sexual?

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Georgia O'Keefe: Are those flowers really all that sexual?




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Georgia O'Keefe: Are those flowers really all that sexual?


Critically, there were many arguments raised on the paintings of O'Keeffe who demonstrated her masterful art in flowers. It is essential to observe that flowers are the delicate creation of the nature and yet considered as a sense of appeal. O'Keeffe has used this naturally beautiful thing for the depiction of woman virginity in a fragile manner. It is seems too weird that one is representing sexual identity in the flowers depiction. Indeed, this has been done in the art form of O'Keeffe and was remarkably praised by the art media. Most of the critics have argued on this representation, whether it was done intentionally or unintentionally, but the painter never accepted this charge as she called it a natural sensuousness.


It has been observed that women in a fertile phase of the menstrual cycle are more interested to define the delicate erotic art in new findings. This study discovers the evolutionary substantiate of female sensuousness. The anatomical flower paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe display sexual appearance according to the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior. A woman who takes birth control pills that suppresses her ovulation is depicted in the paintings of O'Keeffe in an erotic manner. Jeffrey Rudski, a study researcher said that these determinations represent an evolutionary psychology approach to sexuality(sexualityinart.wordpress). However, different researchers have revealed the evidence that human sexuality is something evolutionary and the artistic work of O'Keeffe demonstrate the ovulation. The physical sexual appearance in the imagery of flowers was considered as a new form of art in the world.


By the period of early 1920s, O'Keeffe shifted her attention to figurative paintings. Her key subject matter was flowers for almost two decades and had been displayed her boosted photographic tactics for at least half a decade. In the 1920s, it is not astonishing that she worked with flowers and thenceforward was greatly the result of joining the photography rules and its fineness. By the year of 1924, she started paintings in different sizes, in which all were centered on the flowers composition for decades. O'Keeffe's first big-scale flower painting, Petunia No. 2 was her first painting that exhibited on large curtain. Different flower paintings in the “Seven Americans” demonstrate that Stieglitz, the U.S photographer designed many works that represents the sexual anatomy in the sharp focus of the flower. The reflection of the inherent bisexuality of this subject matter, O'Keeffe attempted to contradict the serious notion that her subject matter was associated wholly to her gender. The critics interpreted her flowers depiction with the expression of sexuality (Pappas, 2011). In the year of 1943, O'Keeffe at last states that “Well - I made you take time to look at what I saw and when you took time to really notice my flowers you hung all your own associations with flowers on my flower and you write about my flower as if I think and ...