Georgia O’Keeffe, Untitled (Dead Rabbit With Copper Pot) (1908)
O‘Keeffe was a still-life artist at heart, though not in the traditional sense. She came to prominence with her close-ups of flower blossoms, taking a radical if not myopic approach to the form. It was with this painting, for which she won a still-life prize in college, that proved she could imitate with accuracy not just her mentors but also the world around her. As she would come to realize her own talent, the realism of this painting would fade into the background. Further, this may have inspired Joseph Beuys’ piece How To Explain Pictures To A Dead Hare, which featured similar burnished-gold patinas and, obviously, a dead rabbit.