Georgia Totti O'Keeffe (1887 — 1986) was an American artist. She is typically associated with the American Southwest and particularly New Mexico where she settled late in life. O'Keeffe has been a major figure in American art since the 1920s. She is chiefly known for paintings in which she synthesizes abstraction and representation in paintings of flowers, rocks, shells, animal bones and landscapes. Her paintings present crisply contoured forms that are replete with subtle tonal transitions of varying colors, and she often transformed her subject matter into powerful abstract images.
O'Keeffe was born on November 15, 1887 in a farmhouse on a large dairy farm in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Her parents, Francis Calyxtus O'Keeffe and Ida Totto O'Keeffe, were dairy farmers. Ida Totto O'Keeffe's father, George, for whom Georgia was named, was a Hungarian immigrant. She was the first girl and the second of seven O'Keeffe children.¹
"Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not." ~ Georgia O'Keeffe
Groundbreaking Modernist painter Georgia O’Keeffe rejected artistic norms to express her own unique vision. Known for the flower paintings which encompass a quarter of her work, O’Keeffe was originally inspired by nature during her childhood in rural Wisconsin. Shunning her artistic education in favor of expressing her emotions, O’Keeffe enlarged flowers until they became abstract artforms whose sheer size commanded attention. An innovator who profoundly impacted 20th century art, O’Keeffe was the first woman honored with her own exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
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Recommended books on Georgia O'Keeffe: Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life by Roxana Robinson; Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Collections by Barbara Buhler Lynes; Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Collections, Harry N. Abrams, Inc.; Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe, Washington Square Press; Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico: A Sense of Place, Princeton University Press; Full Bloom: The Art and Life of Georgia O'Keeffe, W. W. Norton; O'Keeffe's O'Keeffes: The Artist's Collection, Thames & Hudson; O'Keeffe At Abiquiu, Harry N. Abrams; Georgia O'Keeffe : Catalogue Raisonne, National Gallery Washington; Georgia O'Keeffe: Nature and Abstraction, Skira.
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