Cos Cob – By Georgia O’Keefe

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Cos Cob (1926); O’Keeffe

Image by Children of the Concrete
The display reads:

Georgia O’Keeffe
U.S., 1887 – 1986

Cos Cob
Oil on canvas

Purchase, U.S. State Department Collection, 1948

Cos Cob is typical of Georgia O’Keeffe’s best-known works: isolated, cropped, up-close images of flowers and plants, rendered in a simplified manner. The painting depicts a skunk cabbage from an early spring garden and is from a series of skunk cabbage paintings from the 1920s, the decade in which O’Keeffe achieved recognition as one of America’s most important artists.

The title Cos Cob, inscribed by O’Keeffe on the painting’s back, refers to a section of Greenwich, Connecticut, which O’Keeffe visited. From 1890 until 1920, Cos Cob had been an art colony for American Impressionists such as Childe Hassam. During that time, the town was changing from a small farming and fishing community to the rich New York suburb that it remains today.

Black Cats: Witches’ Friend Or Halloween Tale?

Article by J. Roslyn Antle

Today, images of witches and black cats are likely associated with Halloween decorations, but not too long ago, the scary duo was regarded with a mixture of fear and trepidation. Woe to anyone walking alone on a dark night if he spies a black cat lying in wait on the path. And worse still, a witch may be lurking nearby, seeking to cast a hex on the unwary traveler!

Such concerns are the stuff of village tales, superstition and folklore, though it was considered gravely serious at the time. Since the middle ages, black cats have been regarded somewhat differently than the rest of their feline brethren. This is due to the folklore that surrounds black cats that still exists in some communities to this day.

Some European cultures considered a black cat to be a bad omen. The superstition of a black cat crossing your path being bad luck is very well known throughout North America and other parts of the world. The Irish culture believed the appearance of a black cat beneath the moonlight foretold great illness. Likewise, the Italians believed that a sick person visited by a black cat would soon perish.

Alternatively, some cultures believe the exact opposite; a black cat walking towards you or the appearance of a black cat portends good luck. Other cultures, in particular the South African religion Hoodoo believes that a particular bone within a black cat can be used to impart someone with invisibility or other special powers.

The black cat suffered the most in areas of Europe that partook in the horrid practice of witch trials and witch burnings. The black cat was considered to be a witch