World’s Most Expensive Painting by a Woman

Art on Sunday #2

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1.
1932, 48” by 40”, oil on canvas
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
(photo August 1, 2015)

American artist Georgia O’Keeffe was best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers and New Mexico landscapes. Recognized as the “Mother of American modernism,” O’Keeffe was born November 15, 1887 in a farmhouse near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. (Wikipedia)

When it sold for $44,405,000 at Sotheby’s American Art sale on November 20, 2014, O’Keeffe’s Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 became the most expensive work of art by a woman and one of the most expensive works of American art.  Purchased by WalMart heiress Alice B. Walton for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, the painting was sold by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum of Santa Fe, New Mexico, with proceeds going to its acquisitions fund.

Artist Georgia O’Keeffe, 1932 gelatin silver print by her husband, Alfred Stieglitz

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  • hilarymb Nov 8, 2015

    Hi Mike – I didn’t know these facts … funny that Walmart’s heiress spent $44m on a painting, when her grandfather drove around in an economy Ford (I think) … times change …

    The photo of O’Keeffe is evocative … cheers Hilary
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    • Mike Nov 8, 2015

      Alice B. Walton is Sam Walton’s daughter. The Ford that Walton drove was an F150 red and white pickup truck. My in-laws lived in a small town not far from Bentonville and had a few anecdotes about old Sam, though I can’t remember any specifics.
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  • Hilary Nov 8, 2015

    Thanks for updating me!

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