I got this Official Postcrossing card from New Mexico! This neat little piece of art is a work by Georgia O’Keeffe, an American painter who is also known as the “Mother of American Modernism”. She is also one of the first female painters to be renowned globally. As a bit of a background – American modernism is a movement that served as a reflection of American life following the turn of the 20th century, especially between WWI and WWII. This was a time where industrialization was happening at an arguably overwhelming rate, social structures were changing, and tons of immigrants were coming to the States. O’Keeffe is partially known for her realistic-looking New York City skyscraper series, which embodies a fair portion of her earlier works. If there’s anything that captures what I just mentioned about American modernism, I think depicting the wondrous architecture of NYC is a very worthy candidate. She was also known for her flower motif, which carried on through many of her paintings, as well as her landscapes of New Mexico, where she spent a couple of decades working after living in New York. This painting here is known as “Pink Shell with Seaweed”, which was painted in 1937. This was done during the period the O’Keeffe painted in the style of Precisionism, which is an art movement characterized by illustrating a subject accurately (rather than glorifying it; it promotes structure in artwork). A lot of her skyscraper works were Precisionist, utilizing things like imposing angles (or low-angle shots – like if you were looking up at it from directly in front) and basic geometric shapes. There are some Precisionist elements in this painting as well, particularly with the simplicity of the shapes. Thank you very much for sending me this wonderful postcard, Mary!