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Georgia O'Keeffe and the Calla Lily in America Art, 1860- 1940

May 31-August 10, 2003


The Muscarelle Museum of Art will open Georgia O'Keeffe and the Calla Lily in America Art, 1860- 1940,, on May 31, 2003. The exhibition is scheduled to run through August 10, 2003. Artists represented in this exhibition include Georgia O'Keeffe, Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley, Rebecca James and Joseph Stella.  A gallery talk featuring Martha Fleischman, president of the Kennedy Galleries, New York will be presented Thursday, June 5, at 5:30 p.m.

The calla lily was first imported from South Africa in the mid-nineteenth century and quickly became a popular houseplant with gardeners and a favorite subject for painters. The exotic shape of the bloom and its dramatic presence was highlighted in a painting as early as 1862 by John La Farge. Many nineteenth-century painters included the calla lily with other flowers in still-life compositions. In the twentieth century, modernist painters such as Charles Demuth and Charles Sheeler were drawn to its bold and curvilinear form. Georgia O'Keeffe painted the calla lily several times, focusing on a single blossom. The elegant shape of the calla lily also made it a favorite subject for photographers who used dramatic lighting to emphasize the beauty of the flower.

Over fifty paintings of the calla lily by some of America's most important artists are represented in this exhibition, including the Museum's painting of Flowers in a Vase by Preston Dickinson, which was lent to the exhibition. A fully-illustrated catalogue is available in the Museum Gift Shop.

Georgia O'Keeffe and the Calla Lily in America Art, 1860- 1940, organized by the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, has been made possible, in part, by The Burnett Foundation and the National Advisory Council of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. An illustrated catalog accompanies the exhibition.


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