Georgia O'Keeffe

A Great Artist of the Twentieth Century

About This Painter

Georgia O'Keeffe was born on November 15, 1887 in Prairie, Wisconsin. She began art at a young age, and she went to study at the Art Institute of Chicago in the early 1920's. O'Keeffe later studied with other artists such as with William Merritt Chase as a member of the Art Students League while living in New York.

Georgia showed her work to the public for the first time in 1916 when Alfred Stieglitz, a famous photographer and gallery owner, let he present her work at his gallery 291. The two of them worked together both as a professional and personal partnership. They married in 1924 and worked together until Alfred's death in 1946. Afterward, O'Keeffe moved to New Mexico for good. Her new home also allowed he to explore and paint the landscape there, which became many well- known paintings of hers. She died on March 6, 1986 at 98 years of age.

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(Painting above: Red Canna)

About Her Work

Georgia O'Keeffe is know for painting landscapes, bones, and flowers. In the first portion of her career, she focused on "finding the essential and the abstract form". Doing this allowed her the create the most precise detail, color shadows, lighting, and distinct but subtle differences in shade.

Her paintings were of pieces of her life and places that she visited. She painted landscapes, flowers, and animal bones around her studio. At the same time, her paintings were semi-abstract, such as the painting Red Canna shown above. This painting is a great example of what she did because it has some many different shades of colors, and at the same time, it is a very beautiful semi-abstract painting of a red canna flower.

“I feel there is something unexplored about women that only a woman can explore.”

- Georgia O’Keeffe

About Another Artist Like O'Keeffe

Heidi Keyes is a painter of the 21st century. She got her bachelor's degree in fine arts in 2009. Like O'Keeffe, she paints what is around her. Her work was first on the human figure and condition, but then she began painting the world when she got introduced to the cultures and cities around the globe. She travels the world to paint landscape, cityscape, and she is a cultural painter. Keyes also does semi-abstract painting, like O'Keeffe, of architecture, people, and open spaces. Her work is characterized by connected forms and strong lines and vibrant colors that somehow go together even when it doesn't seem like they should. Both she and O'Keeffe use many different shades of colors to paint what is around them to make abstractions of the world that emphasize color. They also present their art through galleries.