O'Keeffe Museum Deaccessions Painting To Raise Funds
Museum director Robert Kret told the New Mexican that the decision to deaccession the painting was made after "long deliberations and thoughtful conversations." It was decided that the work could be sold to buy other O'Keeffe artworks that would flesh out the collection. Canna Red and Orange is smaller than O'Keeffe's large-scale canvases of flowers. O'Keeffe began painting flower pictures in 1918 and they were shown for the first time by Alfred Stieglitz in 1923. By 1924, she was painting large-scale flower paintings, which were exhibited the following year at Anderson Galleries. This 20-inch by 16-inch oil-on-canvas has been on exhibit in New York in 1927 and in Santa Fe in 1997.