Georgia O'Keeffe | City Night | 1926
Oil on canvas, 48 x 30 in. (121.92 x 76.2 cm).
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
© 2021 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
It became a tradition for the Tremaines to use art from their collection for their annual Christmas cards each year. Over the years, pieces by Frank Stella, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, and others graced the covers of the cards, but the tradition began with Georgia O'Keeffe's City Night on the cover of a 1947 Christmas card of the Miller Company (Burton Sr.'s lighting company). The 1926 painting, a dramatic rendering of an urban landscape, is among other architectural pictures painted by O'Keeffe during the 1920s. It was also part of a 1948 exhibition organized by Emily entitled Painting Toward Architecture, in which the Miller Company sought to use fine art as a marketing tool for their newly designed commercial lighting fixtures.