This drawing was made in 1959 and is now a part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in the US. Most of this artist's work remains within her native country, though the lesser known artworks are widely dispersed between a variety of collectors and also some other galleries and museums. Whilst her work has been highly regarded for decades, there has also been an increased interested in her oeuvre in recent years because of the desire to offer more diverse backgrounds within curated exhibitions, both in terms of race and gender. This has benefited her, but she always wanted to be known purely as an artist, regardless of her gender and then analysed from that neutral perspective.
O'Keeffe would develop her drawings skills by sketching all manner of different objects that she came across whilst studying as an art student. She showed promise which encouraged others to give her new opportunities and she quickly started to be rewarded at each stage that she fulfilled. Her drawings would provide a basis to all that she produced across her career, helping her to plan out compositions as well as to learn about looking at and understanding different elements. She particularly liked to study flower heads and these would later appear within a host of oil paintings, such as the likes of Jimson Weed which itself perhaps remains her most famous artwork of all. She kept many of her drawings within her own possessions, though some of her favourites were actually gifted to friends right across her lifetime.
One artist who truly mastered the discipline of drawing was Rembrandt van Rijn, from the Netherlands. He produced the likes of Old Man with Outspread Arms, Study for Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver, Standing Beggar in Lost Profile as part of an extraordinary career which took in many other mediums too. He was exceptionally gifted and specialised in portraiture, though also produced impressive pieces in many other genres too. Whilst his style was traditional in comparison to O'Keeffe, she would have marveled at his technical abilities which could be learnt from whatever approach an artist used within their own careers. Other notable draughtsmen included Velazquez and Goya.