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Last autumn, as splashes of warm color decorated branches and sidewalks and the first hint of a chill wove through sleepy towns, I had the distinct pleasure of observing pops of springtime color. The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art offered this display, housing more than 30 of O’Keeffe’s paintings and works by over a dozen emerging artists who found inspiration in her work. For three and a half months at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR, Georgia O’Keeffe’s still lifes, landscapes, and feminine form studies were on full display in all of their rich, bold, luscious grandeur. Here are just a few of the pieces featured at the exhibit that were my favorites. Be sure to visit the websites of the talented artists behind these lovely works. 

By Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgie O'keeffe - Jonquils

Yellow Jonquils #3 (1936, oil on canvas)

 

Georgia O'keeffe Black Pink Circle

Grey Blue & Black—Pink Circle (1929, oil on canvas)

 

Georgia O'Keeffe Horse Skull

Horse’s Skull with Pink Rose (1931, oil on canvas)

 

Georgia O'Keeffe purple hills

Small Purple Hills (1934, oil on panel)

 

Georgia O'Keeffe Abiquiu

Abiquiu Sand Hills and Mesa (1945, oil on canvas)

 

By Artists in Residence

Deer Skull With Blue Vase

Deer Skull with Blue Vase (Anna Valdez, 2017, oil on canvas)

 

Painters Club

Painters Club (Monica Kim Garza, 2016/2017, acrylic on canvas)

 

30682b Kim Keever

Abstract 30682b (Kim Keever, 2—)

 

Sharona Eliassaf

It wasn’t supposed to end this way (Sharona Eliassaf, 2017, oil on canvas)