New views of O'Keeffe

Most people know Georgia O'Keeffe for her closeups of flowers and her starkly graceful abstracts.

But a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., spotlights a little-known side of this famous American painter. "O'Keeffe on Paper" brings together more than 50 watercolors, pastels, and charcoals, many of which come from private collections.

The exhibition spans more than half a century and shows O'Keeffe to be a technical master. It also illustrates her lifelong fluctuation between the abstract and the representational. The show features spare and highly abstract art alongside works that are colorful and clear. A catalog accompanying the exhibition explores O'Keeffe's work on paper in relation to her oil paintings and to the work of her contemporaries.

"O'Keeffe on Paper" will be in Washington until July 9. It will then travel to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, where it will be on view until Oct. 29. For more information, go to www.nga.gov/exhibitions/exhibits.htm

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