Banana Blossom

Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887–1986)
MediumCharcoal on paper
Dimensions24 3/4 × 15 inches
CreditBequest of Carl E. Hiller, 1992
© 2018 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY
Accession Number92.1.1

For an artist like Georgia O’Keeffe who reveled in sinuous line and form, flowers were an ideal subject. The artist visited sunny and secluded Bermuda in 1934 to recuperate after being hospitalized for severe depression. She became fascinated with the immense blossoms of banana plants and made several detailed drawings.

O’Keeffe resisted over interpretation of her flower paintings by critics and admirers. She once said: “You hung all your own associations with flowers on my flower and you write about my flower as if I think and see what you think and . . . I don’t.”


Express your creativity with a hands-on Museum from Home art activity using materials found in your home. Make a detailed, monochromatic work on paper inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s Banana Blossom.
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