Unexpected: Works by William H. Johnson and Georgia O’Keeffe at Baltimore Museum

BALTIMORE—Georgia O’Keefe is famous for her legendary floral images and William H. Johnson is critically acclaimed for his colorful depictions of African American life. While each has certainly ventured beyond the categories for which they are best known, the associations have remained. The Baltimore Museum of Art‘s collection features paintings by the 20th century artists that stray from their usual oeuvre—for O’Keeffe, a waterfall; for Johnson, a Danish landscape.

Photos by Arts Observer

Above, “Waterfall I,” 1952 (oil on canvas) by Georgia O’Keeffe; Top of page, Detail of “Waterfall I” shows the abstract depiction of nature for which O’Keeffe is known.

“Harbor, Kerteminde,” circa 1930-34 (oil on burlap) by William H. Johnson. Kerteminde is a small fishing village in Denmark where Johnson settled after marrying Danish textile artist Holcha Krake. According to the museum, Johnson often painted watercolor views of the town harbor.

Detail of “Harbor, Kerteminde.”

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