Georgia O'Keeffe  

Georgia O'Keeffe lived from 1887 to 1986. She was 98 years old when she died. she is knows for her paintings of flower, bones, shells, stones, leaves, trees, mountains, and other natural forms. She made over 200 flower paintings. In 1928, six of her calla lily paintings sold for $25,000, which was the largest amount ever paid at the time for a group of paintings by a living American artist. In 1929, O'Keeffe took a vacation to Tao's  New Mexico where she fell in love with the open skies and sun-drenched landscape. She was given a one-woman exhibition in 1946 at the Museum of Modern Art in New the first given by that museum to a woman. Her major retrospective in 1970 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, placed her as one of the most important and influential American painters. O'Keeffe vision deteriorated in 1971 and she withdrew from artistic life.She resumed painting in 1973 when she met Juan Hamilton, a young ceramic artist, who assisted her with her work. O'Keeffe illustrated autobiography GEORGIA O'KEEFFE was a best seller in 1976. Georgia O’Keeffe was a female artist and icon of the twentieth century.

EDUCATION: Graduated from the Chatham Protestant Episcopal Institute in Williams burg  Va. in 1904.  Studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York. The paintings from the latter phase of Georgia O'Keeffe career (after her move to New Mexico in 1949) concerned a rectangular door on an adobe wall and the sky.  These were far less inspiring than her earlier works-which continued to be rediscovered through her lifetime and to the present day.   In her New York years, O’Keeffe created works described as examples of avant-garde Modernism, abstract, Minimalist, and color field theory. Two of her paintings demonstrate her lifelong skill with color regardless of the subject matter. In 1919, O’Keefe created “Blue and Green Music” and became prominent with support from Alfred Stieglitz. This abstract piece is a beautiful work of rhythm, movement, color, depth, and form. She echoes this work again in 1927 with “Abstraction Blue.” When O’Keeffe painted in watercolor or oil, she also captured beauty and emotion. In later works, O’Keeffe continued this tradition, including famous pictures of flowers and New Mexican landscapes.

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