Georgia O'Keeffe

Phebe Romano

Childhood

  • Born on a farm in Wisconsin in 1887
  • Realized she wanted to be an artist at age 12
  • Drew whatever she saw out her window
  • At age 16 she took private art lessons
  • Moved to Madison to live with her Aunt Lola
  • Enrolled at Chatham Episcopal Institute, a boarding school, in 1903
  • Became the art editor of the school yearbook
  • Received high school diploma in 1905
  • Sent to Chicago to study painting at the Art Institute of Chicago

Obstacles

  • As a young girl, her parents had left their children to travel to Virginia, where they wanted to relocate the family.
  • In 1908 her father's business went down the drain and she returned to him to help support herfamily
  • In 1906, she got sick with typhoid fever and couldn't finish school at the Art Institute of Chicago

Achievements

  • 1908- won the William Merritt Chase Still Life Prize
  • 1977- Received the U.S. Medal of Freedom
  • 1985- won the National Medal of Arts
  • 1997- The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the first museum in the United States dedicated to a single female artist, opened in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

View on Life

  • Saw the world around her a little differently than most people do
  • The artist’s goal was to express his/her own thoughts and feelings
  • "I simply paint what I see"

Citations

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Souter, J. (2005) Brooklyn Museum: Georgia O’Keeffe. Available at: https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/eascfa/dinner_party/place_settings/georgia_o_keeffe (Accessed: 15 October 2015).


Daugherty, K. (2013) Georgia O’Keeffe. Available at: https://prezi.com/jt2qdi6h2irg/georgia-okeeffe/ (Accessed: 15 October 2015).


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