Learn about Georgia O’Keeffe’s studio practice and her connection to Winsor & Newton materials in our fascinating interview with Dale Kronkright, Head of Conservation at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in New Mexico.
Dale is a foremost scholar of O’Keeffe and how she worked. Over the course of a few conversations with him as her touring retrospective was preparing to open in Madrid, we learned about O’Keeffe’s process, her tools, and the way she hoped that we would all experience her work.
Watch the video below to learn more about this trailblazing American artist.
Through the science of transmitted and reflected infrared light, Dale shared with us that it is possible to see the drawing she started with when she began a painting. Interestingly, not much was left to chance. Modern technology tells us her process was planned rather than intuitive because she followed her initial intentions closely.
We also learned that tools were critical to her practice. She cut her brushes into unique shapes so the bristles had just the angle she wanted, and she organized all her studio materials methodically so she could focus on her work without distraction.
Consistent, high-quality materials were also part of her commitment to her art practice, she realized early on that good materials were essential, and she always bought the best she could afford. In 1918 her then-future husband, world-famous photographer Alfred Steiglitz, gifted her a half-pan box of watercolours by Winsor & Newton; from that point on, she became a lifetime user of Winsor & Newton art materials.
As far as how she wanted people to experience her work, Dale said that she wanted the viewer to ‘see with your eyes and not with your expectations’. That is something to keep in mind when looking at any work of art.
Winsor & Newton was proud to support the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition when it opened at the Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid. The show then moved on to The Centre Pompidou in Paris and is now opening at its’ final stop this month at the Foundation Beyeler, in Basel, from January 23 – May 22, 2022.