Monday, September 12, 2011

Red Hills with Flowers

This painting by Georgia O’Keefe has a simple title—“Red Hills with Flowers.” I always thought this painting beautiful because I don’t see hills in the background. It might be due to the smooth texture of the “hills,” but I see the shape of a person curled up in a fetal position beneath a blanket, and a foot peeking out in the right lower corner. I know many others see other shapes and images in the painting. Some see two flowers on a windowsill that is overlooking the hills. The size of the flowers in the foreground forces the viewer to really consider the perspective, or perspectives, in the painting. I appreciate O’Keefe’s ability to take a seemingly simple concept (red hills and flowers) and create something that can morph into a completely different image depending on the perspective the viewer takes.

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