Black Iris

Artist: Georgia O'Keeffe (American, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin 1887–1986 Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Date: 1926

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 36 x 29 7/8 in. (91.4 x 75.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1969

Accession Number: 69.278.1


This monumental flower painting is one of O'Keeffe's early masterpieces. Enlarging the petals far beyond lifesize proportions, she forces the viewer to observe the small details that might otherwise be overlooked. When paintings from this group were first shown in 1924, even Alfred Stieglitz, her husband and dealer, was shocked by their audacity.