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The last mad throb of red

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So much inanity has been written about Georgia O’Keeffe, from her first show to the current retrospective at the Tate Modern. But here, here, is perhaps the finest commentary ever made on her work. It’s by the artist Charles Demuth, and was published alongside the checklist of paintings of her 1927 exhibit at The Intimate Gallery:

“Flowers and flames. And colour. Colour as colour, not as volume, or light, — only as colour. The last mad throb of red just as it turns green, the ultimate shriek of orange calling upon all the blues of heaven for relief or for support; these Georgia O’Keeffe is able to use. In her canvases each colour almost regains the fun it must have felt within itself, on forming the first rainbow.”

Ann Daly PhD is an essayist specializing in women and women's history. She is working on a book about Georgia O'Keeffe.

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