The simple design is a mixture of abstract shapes which perfectly summarises the artist's approach during the 1910s. She rose to prominence with a series of charcoal drawings, most of which were in abstract styles in which the artist attempted to truly express herself for the first time, having previously worked entirely within the constraints of her formal artistic teaching. This progression is entirely normal and in so way degrades the importance of her education, but also underlines how it was not geared towards producing contemporary artists at that time. If we forward onwards to today's world, one will find that traditional art still forms a backbone of education, but that other ideas are also discussed openly and given the respect that they deserve, with all avenues of expression given an equal backing and art students encouraged to find the path that is right for them.
It would be these abstract charcoal drawings that initially helped the artist to receive interest in her work, even though their displays had not actually been sanctioned by her. Friends wanted to help and realised this prickly character could sometimes be her own worst enemy, such was the stubborness that she sometimes displayed. Once her name was now known, she was afforded new opportunities and slowly started to develop as an artist, eventually concentrating more in the medium of oils as well as bringing in much brighter palettes of colour. This brought about classic contemporary artworks such as Oriental Poppies, Black Place and Orchid and these would all become highly regarded by the American art public who started to really appreciate this female painter who was fighting hard within a male-dominated industry.
This drawing can be found in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, USA. It is located in Midtown Manhattan on 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues and continues to be one of the most popular art galleries in the entire planet, thanks to its prominent location within a key international city, combined with an art collection that can rival anything in the world. Those with varied interests in different styles of art will find plenty to see here, though the focus is very much on art from around the late 19th century up to the present day, so you will not tend to find any Renaissance or Baroque art here, for example. Some of the highest profile items to be found within their permanent collection include the likes of The Starry Night, by Vincent van Gogh, I and the Village by Marc Chagall and The Dream by Henri Rousseau, though there is plenty more besides to see.