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Pink Shell with Seaweed

Georgia O'Keeffe (AKA Georgia Totto O'Keeffe), American, (November 15, 1887–March 6, 1986)

Creation date: ca. 1938
Creation place: United States

Other Information

Type: Pastel Drawing
Medium and Support: Pastel on board
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norton S. Walbridge
Accession Number: 1978.88
Dimensions: 21 15/16 in. x 27 13/16 in. (55.72 cm x 70.64)

Provenance

Doris Bry, New York, New York ( - March 10, 1968)

Georgia O'Keeffe, New York, New York (ca. 1938 - March 10, 1968)

Mr. and Mrs. Norton S. Walbridge, La Jolla, California (March 10, 1968 - December 15, 1978)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 15, 1978 - )

Label Copy

October 18, 2014
Anita Feldman, Deputy Director Collections & Exhibitions
Georgia O’Keeffe
American • 1918–2006
Pink Shell with Seaweed
Pastel on board • ca. 1938
Around 1926 O’Keeffe revisited the concepts of abstrac- tion she had explored earlier in her career but with different purpose and results. In her new work, she abstracted simpli- fied forms from real objects like shells and flowers, reducing them to their essential shapes and patterns. Over the years since 1920 she had enjoyed relaxing at York Beach, Maine where she walked along the beach collecting sea shells, later travelling to the Bahamas and to Hawaii the same year as this work. She kept her collection of shells throughout her life, enabling their use as subjects in her art. For O’Keeffe, the shells were not just sources for abstraction, but artifacts of nature. She later said, “Each shell was a beautiful world in itself... and even now, living in the desert, the sea comes back to me when I hold one to my ear.”
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norton S. Walbridge
1978.88
Last Updated: 11/26/2019

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Permanent Collections exhibiti San Diego Museum of Art , 00/00/00 - 6/24/1981

Twentieth Century Tempo San Diego Museum of Art , 6/18/1968 - 7/31/1968

The Walbridge Legacy The San Diego Museum of Art , 4/9/1988 - 5/29/1988

O'Keeffe on Paper National Gallery of Art , 4/9/2000 - 10/29/2000

American Visions: Place and Identity The San Diego Museum of Art , 10/18/2014 - 3/17/2015

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

The Walbridge Legacy San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1988
Page Number: 63

Maria Constantino. Georgia O'Keeffe Smithmark Publishers, Inc.. New York, New York, 1994
Page Number: 165, Figure Number: 165

Maria Constantino. Georgia O'Keeffe Smithmark Publishers, Inc.. New York, New York, 1994
Page Number: 176

Elizabeth Montgomery. Georgia O'Keeffe Barnes & Noble, Inc.. New York, New York, 1993
Page Number: 80, Figure Number: 80

Elizabeth Montgomery. Georgia O'Keeffe Barnes & Noble, Inc.. New York, New York, 1993 (reprinted 1998)
Page Number: 80, Figure Number: 80

Barbara Buhler Lynes. Georgia O'Keeffe: Yale University Press. New Haven, Connecticut, 1999
Page Number: 598, no. 957, Figure Number: 957

Mary Yakush, ed. O'Keeffe on Paper National Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C., 2000
Page Number: 129, Figure Number: 48

Mary Yakush, ed. O'Keeffe on Paper National Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C., 2000
Page Number: 141, no. 48

Members News Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Santa Fe, New Mexico, Summer 2000
Page Number: 1, 2, Figure Number: 1, 2

O'Keeffe on Paper: Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2000
Page Number: front cover, back cover, Figure Number: front cover

Marks

Signature, On verso on stretcher bar in pencil at R:

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