Known for her striking flower paintings and incredible works
Her First Exhibition
Steiglitz and New York
Fame, and Tragedy
Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, O’Keeffe’s fame continued to grow. She traveled around the world and had a number of major exhibitions in the U.S. The most important was in 1970 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, saying she was one of the most important and influencial American painters. The next year O’Keeffe’s vision began to deteriorate, and she stopped creating art all together. It was not until 1973, after meeting Juan Hamilton, a young ceramic artist, did she return to working. With his encouragement and assistance, she began painting and sculpting. In 1976 her illustrated autobiography, GEORGIA O’KEEFFE was a best seller, and the next year she received the Medal of Freedom from President Gerald Ford. In 1985 she received the Medal of the Arts from President Ronald Reagan. In the next year, at the age of 98, O’Keeffe passed away at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico.