In 1939, Georgia O’Keeffe was commissioned by the Dole Company to visit TH – the Territory of Hawaii – and create two paintings that could be used in their advertising campaign. For nine weeks, she traveled across Oahu, Kauai, the big island of Hawaii, and Maui. She created 20 paintings and several sketches from her trip.
O’Keeffe’s greatest gifts to the places she visited were her paintings. As for her trip to the Islands, she said, “If my painting is what I have to give back to the world for what the world has given to me… these paintings are what I have to give… for what three months in Hawaii gave to me.”
She also said her trip to Hawaii was one of the best things she ever did. And we agree!
O’Keeffe Country is currently in Maui and we will be posting several photos of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Hawaiian paintings, along with her inspiration for each.
For more information on Georgia O’Keeffe’s trip to Hawaii in 1939, visit the O’Keeffe Country website.
Untitled (Tree), Georgia O’Keeffe, Graphite on Paper, 9 x 6 Inches, 1939, Private Collection, CR 983.
Palm Tree – Maui, Hawaii, Kristin Lynn Kautz, Photograph, 2012.