Oil on canvas
7 x 7 inches
O’Keeffe lived and worked in many different places throughout her career, often drawing inspiration from the local architecture. She spent her summers and falls from 1918 to 1929 at the Stieglitz family compound on Lake George in New York painting the countryside. By the time she executed Barn, O’Keeffe had become a student of photography and approached the work with a photographer’s sensibility. She framed the barn in close-up and cropped it, allowing it to fill the canvas. The barn door takes the form of a dark abstracted shape that would reappear in future works. The juxtaposition of the barn’s crisp straight lines set against a softer, nuanced sky confirms Barn as a truly innovative modern painting.