Black Door with Red, 1954
Oil on canvas
Georgia O'Keeffe was the most enduring of the New York modernists associated with Alfred Stieglitz in the early 20th century. Her first one-artist show was held at his 291 gallery in 1917. O’Keeffe’s method of simplifying and abstracting imagery from the natural world produced both her famous flower pictures and the Chrysler’s much later Black Door with Red, which depicts an enclosed patio at her adobe home in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Characteristically, she reduced its visual elements to a strip of sky, a row of paving stones, and a dark void set in an intense field of deep red that suggests desert heat and sun. She often varied the framing, perspective, and color of the “wall with a door,’ painting it more than twenty times between 1946 and 1960.