Georgia O'Keeffe

By. Jedi Chukwusom

Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe was born November 15, 1887 in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, the second of 7 children. She studied Art at the Art Institute of Chicago and then went to study art at the Art Student League of New York. she worked as a commercial artist in Chicago before moving to Texas to teach. O'Keeffe then made countless paintings. Her friend Anna Pollitzer's husband Alfred Stieglitz, a photographer and gallery owner, exhibited these paintings without her knowledge, enthused by the vibrant energy of the work. Stieglitz eventually convinced O'Keeffe to move to New York and devote her time to Art. He continued to exhibit her art and in 1924 the two married.

In 1929 O'Keeffe visited New Mexico and fell in love with the scenery and returned every summer to paint. In 1946 her husband died and O'Keeffe moved to New Mexico. Through the 1950's and 60's her fame grew as she painted more. In 1970 she was categorized as one of the most important and influential painters at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her eyesight began to deteriorate with her age and could no longer paint without assistance. She did her last unassisted oil painting in 1972 and in 1985 she received the Medal of The Arts from president Ronald Reagan. Georgia O'Keeffe passed away on March 6, 1986, she was 98.


Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings represented the beginnings of a new American art, free from the problems that shrouded the outside world. She also showed that women can do even more than what they could before and showed it by being one of the few women painters.

Some Of Georgia O'Keeffe's Paintings

Georgia O'Keeffe talking about her life and work

Frequently Asked Questions

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