Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting, Pelvis Series – Red with Yellow, is a part of a series created in 1945 depicting an animal pelvis bone. The American modernist artist was one of the leading figures in the American modernist movement and embraced abstraction, becoming one of the first American artists to do so.
The painting features wild abstract colors representing the sky as seen through various holes on the pelvis bone. It was sold by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to benefit its acquisitions fund and is currently part of a larger retrospective of O’Keeffe’s work on display at Tate Modern in London.
Georgia O’Keeffe was born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin in 1887 and died in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she spent much of her life creating revolutionary artwork until her death at 98. Her creative energy resonated all throughout her paintings becoming known for revolutionary imagery that conveyed female sexuality through organic shapes like flowers and other natural forms. Her unique use of color and form made her artwork distinctive from any kind produced before it paving way for new directions within art movements across America such as Abstract Expressionism.