The Green Apple

Georgia O'Keeffe

1922

“It is only by selection, by elimination, and by emphasis that we get at the real meaning of things.” Georgia O’Keeffe’s statement, published in the New York Sun in 1922, succinctly reveals her ambition to elegantly streamline her compositions. Here O’Keeffe distills her subject matter, an apple and plate still life, to its essence. This stripping of pretense presents an evocative image of two objects interacting to create a design-based poetic harmony. O’Keeffe’s ability to render her realistic subjects both tangible and abstract is what qualifies her as one of the pioneers of American modernism.

  • Titles Green Apple on Black Plate (Former title)
  • Artist Georgia O'Keeffe, American, 1887 - 1986
  • Medium oil on canvas
  • Dimensions 14 1/8 × 12 1/8 in. (35.9 × 30.8 cm) frame: 14 1/2 × 12 3/8 × 1 in. (36.8 × 31.4 × 2.5 cm)
  • Credit Line Museum purchase with funds provided by the 1981 and 1982 Museum Dinners and Balls, the Museum Store, Donors, and matching funds from Mr. and Mrs. Jack McSpadden, 1983.28, image © 2013 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Work Type painting
  • Classification Paintings
  • On View