This summer I had a day trip down to London by rail to see an exhibition by artist Georgia O’Keefe at Tate Modern. I had always admired her paintings of flowers.
I hadn’t realised she also had wonderful ones of the desert in New Mexico. Then I remembered that my Nottinghamshire hero DH Lawrence also lived in this area for a short time in 1922. Was there a connection I wondered?
O’Keefe and D H were both there by invitation of socialite Mabel Dodge Luhan. However D H had moved on by the time O’Keefe arrived in 1929. She painted ‘The Lawrence tree’, which was from the perspective of his writing bench under a pine tree outside his cabin, with a view of the starry sky. He is quoted as saying that ‘he found a home within himself and likened himself to a rooted tree’.
Later after death of DH his wife Frieda returned and met Georgina.
I do seem to be getting obsessed with DH and read a couple of books:-
Geoff Dyer’s book on DH called ‘Out of Sheer Rage’, where he follows in his footsteps via his letters but never gets down to doing his research! Although nothing happens it is a compulsive read. This was inspired by a blog by ‘The Solitary Walker’.
Then I re-read ‘Lady Chatterley’ after seeing a theatre production at The Crucible in Sheffield. This was very tastefully executed and they got the Nottinghamshire accents mainly right!
I have another blog ‘From Dylan to DH’ on 18 March 2014 under Books tag.