This week’s Thirsty Thursday painting is inspired by an artist known as the Mother of American Modernism, Georgia O’Keeffe. Her most recognizable works are oil paintings of New York skyscrapers from her early career, close ups of flowers from her mid career, and Southwest landscapes in her late career. The most famous pieces of her long career (she died at the age of 98) are the large-scale flower paintings. People would compare the similarities in appearance between the flowers and the female genetalia. Fifty years later, in the 70’s, a group of feminist artists came to the same Freudian conclusions that critics did during the mid 1920’s. O’keeffe, however, denied that this was ever part of her intentions and refused to associate with these groups. She painted a series of Hawaiian flowers and landscapes sponsored by the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (now Dole Foods), but her heart was really in the Southwest images she created. She purchased a property there in 1940 after spending part of every year there since 1929. She moved permanently to New Mexico in 1941 after the death of her husband Alfred Stieglitz (her main tie to NY), who was 20 years her elder. She lived out her days in New Mexico, and despite macular degeneration for the last ten years of her life, still continued to be a productive artist, making hand-built pottery and water color paintings until her death in 1986. She truly is an inspirational artist!
So I thought, “Why not represent my favorite ingredient in beer, the hop flower, in Georgia O’Keeffe style?” So, I made a close-up image of the flowering hop with the Hop bines in the background. I call this one simply Hop Flower. I hope you like hops as much as I do! Cheers!