Born in 1887, Georgia O’Keeffe went to take on the world. She was an American artist known for her paintings of large flowers and the New York skyscrapers. She is also famous for her paintings of New Mexico landscapes.
In 1992, she painted Ends of Barns. It was a magnificent work of art that describes how barns looked like back then. She was best known for bringing out the life of a rather barren landscape or space.
During most summers between 1918-1934, Georgia was at her husband’s family estate at Lake George, Upstate New York. Georgia decided to paint a muted architectural picture of the farm’s buildings on the estate while here.
That is where the Ends of Barns idea was born.
A quick glimpse at the painting shows two barns facing each other. A closer look at the picture would bring the impression that it was a sunny day, and the sky was clear. Besides, the two barns are shaded brown and get the idea that they had been built a long time ago.
The painter did not want to express any extreme emotions while painting. The drawing has a very calm feel, and there are no intense emotions that would be sparked off when you look into the picture.
Additionally, the sky is also evident. That would mean that it was a bright sunny day, and no unpleasant incidences were expected to occur.
It was just another day on the farm.
The medium she used for painting was oil on canvas. The oil on canvas was a famous painting method used by many painters back then.
That is because the painting would last longer, and the quality would remain intact.
In the summer of 1932, Georgia painted a series of seven barns, all of which had one similarity. They all had blackened doors and windows. Later on, these seven paintings would constitute a series of New Mexico patio doors.
Further, Georgia drew her inspiration from her environment. For instance, she pulled the New York skyscrapers while in New York. Subsequently, when she visited the farm, she pulled the seven barns.
The Georgia O’Keeffe museum located in Santa Fe hosts this painting and many other drawings she made during her time. Anyone interested can head on down and see many different pictures you might like.
Georgia lost her eyesight in 1972 due to muscle degeneration. However, her paintings are still valued and would fetch a small fortune at any auction.
Her autobiography contains more information about this painting.