georgia okeefe

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Georgia O'Keeffe

"I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could...I had to create an equivalent for what I felt about what I was looking at...not copy it." -Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O' Keeffe is one of the most important and widely recognized American Women Painters of the Modernist era. She is known for her vibrantly colored flowers, landscapes and animal bones. O'Keefe was born in 1887 and was the second of seven children. She and her sisters all took art classes and Georgia went on to study art in college in Chicago.She had her first solo show in 1917 at the 291 Gallery in New York City.

O'Keefe was inspired by the landscape and nature of the Southwest. She created her own unique style based in the synthesis of formalism and the abstraction of nature. In her career, she produced over 2000 works and paved the way for the development of modernism. O'Keeffe passed away at age 98. Today, her work is still shown nationally and internationally.

O'Keeffe met photographer and art promoter Alfred Stieglitz and they fell in love and married. However, she yearned for more inspiration than New York could provide and decided to travel west to New Mexico. This is where she felt she truly belonged. Throughout the years, she traveled back and forth until 1946, when Steiglitz died and O'Keefe moved permanently to New Mexico.

Modernism = more emotion and the deconstruction of realism


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