“If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else.” — Georgia O’Keeffe
Commissioned by Dole (then Hawaiian Pineapple Company) to paint a pineapple while visiting Hawaii, Georgia O’Keeffe fell in love with Hawaii’s lush plant life and proceeded to paint just about everything but the requested pineapple. Heliconia Lobster Claw and Hibiscus Plumeria are two of her most well known Hawaiian plant paintings.
After her return home, the company shipped a pineapple plant from Hawaii for her to paint and she admitted it was indeed beautiful.
New York Botanical Garden’s “Visions of Hawai’i” exhibit transports visitors (thru October 28, 2018) to a stunning botanical display, featuring both O’Keeffe’s botanical art work and such live exotic Hawaiian plants as the trumpet and the bat flowers.
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New York Botanical Garden takes visitors to Hawai’i — Georgia O’Keeffe “Visions of Hawaii” Exhibit, photos by Mary O’Connor © 2018