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Georgia O'Keeffe, Wave, Night

Georgia O'Keeffe
Wave, Night, 1928
oil on canvas
purchased as the gift of Charles L. Stillman (PA 1922)

In the spring of 1928, Georgia O’Keeffe vacationed at York Beach, Maine, about five miles south of Ogunquit. During this two-week stay, the ocean was a source of wonder and inspiration for the artist. Minimal yet dramatic, Wave, Night is a rare nocturnal seascape painted in inky blacks, deep blues, and pinkish purples. O’Keeffe later recalled the experience, “I loved running down the board walk to the ocean—watching the waves come in, spreading over the hard wet beach—the lighthouse steadily bright far over the waves in the evening when it was almost dark. This was one of the great events of the day.”

Author: Jaime DeSimone, Charles H. Sawyer Curatorial Fellow

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