Pink Moon Over Water, on the other hand, depicts rolling hills that rise up in front of a large body of water. An oblong pink moon hovers over and is reflected by the dark water, which merges with the sky. There are no signs of human or animal life in Pink Moon Over Water. All vegetation that could be growing on the hills appears to blend together into different shades of green. The landscape is almost otherworldly and appears to be removed from any reality possible on Earh. O’Keeffe painted the piece during the start of the era of Modernism, which usually rejects the idea of realism (Stokstad and Cothren, 2011, p. 1040). Instead of real or natural scenes, geometric shapes, bright color and abstract forms are used in Modernism to construct the artist’s view of their scene.
Modernism began in both Europe and America at the start of the twentieth century and continues into the present day. Early Modernism was influenced by the technological and scientific discoveries of the time, such as “…the first powered flight (1903); the mass manufacture of automobiles (1909); …the development of television (1926) and the jet engine (1937), to mention only a few” (Stokstad and Cothren, 2011, p. 1018). These advances, coupled with the horrors of World War I, fueled the pieces of the early Modern era; artists were encouraged to create their work based on how they viewed the world, in opposition to the idealistic view of the Romanticism.
Romanticism placed value in the emotion of the artist and of their work. It was not uncommon for the spirit of a Romantic era painting to be that of melancholy or terror, despite the movement’s name (Stokstad and Cothren, 2011, p. 915). Romanticism “…celebrates the individual and the subjective” (Stokstad and Cothren, 2011, p. 915) and focuses on the imagination of the painter along with the realism with which he presents his work. Nature was a typical subject of Romantic paintings, as is seen in Forest Pool: scenes were portrayed with a natural energy, and limited human interference provided the viewer a glimpse of the artist’s fictitious world (Stokstad and Cothren, 2011, p. 910).
Forest Pool’s composition is complex in comparison to that of Pink Moon Over Water. The placement of the trees around the water is true to how one might imagine they would grow in...