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O’Keeffe was interested in the thoughts symbolist writer Maeterlinck had about synaesthecy – the ability to perceive letters, numbers, words and smells to have innate colours, while others can taste music or imagine time to have a fixed special form.

The color of white was a popular symbol for purity both in literature and art. According to Stieglitz ‘white’ was the highest you could call someone and that is what he called Georgia. Whiteness represented eternity, according to Maeterlinck.

 

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