ON THE RIVER (1964)
by Georgia O'Keeffe
Quilt Notes: GREEN RIVER was first published by Nancy Page in the Birmingham News, on May 1, 1934, according to Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM OF PATCHWORK PATTERNS (p.127-9). Exceedingly plain on its own, but the simplicity can be challenging, sometimes allowing for more experimentation and complexity in the fabrics or colors chosen. The resulting tessellation (see below) surprisingly monumental. In fact, Beyer has a 45 block section in her compendium with just this type of design (pp. 124-128). Compare at this site with similar 3 x 3 blocks including PUSS IN THE CORNER, or BIRDS IN THE AIR, and PRACTICAL ORCHARD.
The color combination here was adapted from Georgia O'Keeffe's ON THE RIVER, illustrated left, and available online at the New Mexico Museum of Art, with a fine introduction to O'Keeffe's contribution to contemporary art. According to the site, O'Keeffe "challenged the boundaries of modern American artistic style, synthesizing abstraction and representation, transforming her subject matter into powerful iconic images."
For more quilt designs employing color combinations by Georgia O'Keeffe, compare with PATCHWORK PINES and FLOWERING NINE PATCH. Additional blocks at this site imitating color schemes derived from works by well known artists include:
STAR LANE (Delaunay)
ON THE SQUARE (Delaunay)
DELFT MILL (Vermeer)
OLD CROW (Calder)
SUNSHINE AND STAINED GLASS (Delaunay)