|Blue and Green Music|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Location||The Art Institute of Chicago|
|Dimensions||23 x 19 in.|
|58.4 x 48.3 cm|
|Georgia O’Keeffe Famous Paintings|
|Cow’s Skull: Red, White, and Blue, 1931|
|Blue and Green Music, 1919-1921|
|Pineapple Bud, 1939|
|Black Iris, 1926|
|Red Canna, 1924|
|Blue Morning Glories, 1938|
Blue and Green Music by Georgia O’Keeffe seeks to create a visual image to the sounds of music. The visual imagery of this painting mixes varied colors that have a vapor-like look to them.
The Sound and the Colors
What makes Blue and Green Music interesting is that it seeks to create a visual appearance that tries to create an image that defines, or at least represents, sound. The light colors are thought to represent light musical sounds and the darker colors represent deeper and, to a degree, more ominous sounds. The notion that images can be affixed to sounds fits in with the theories put forth in American Modernism as that movement revolved around the notion that human beings have the potential to shape their environment. The ability to affix images to sound would fit well into this movement’s theories.
Feminine and Natural World Imagery
The images evoke the natural world as they appear to be flower petals. These images also look like female genitalia, which was also a common motif of O’Keeffe’s work.