A storyteller with a paintbrush
O'Keeffe went to college at The Art Institute of Chicago and The Art Students League, New York, where she perfected her techniques and won the League's William Merritt Chase still life award in 1908 for her oil painting "Dead Rabbit with Copper Pot" (O'Keeffe had a habit of naming her paintings very literally). Afterwards, however, she decided to give up art, saying she knew she could never achieve fame in her art.
Below: Georgia O'Keeffe's award winning "Dead Rabbit with Copper Pot"
"At last, a woman on paper." ~Alfred Stieglitz (said this when he first saw O'Keeffe's artwork)
"I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty." ~Georgia O'Keeffe
Contributions to our culture
Then vs. Now
Below are a few of O'Keeffe's over 2,029 paintings!
fun facts about georgia o'keeffe
- Of her 2,029 paintings, over 200 were of flowers.
- In 1928, six of her calla lily paintings sold for $25,000, which was the most money ever spent on a group of paintings by an American artist who was living at the time.
- In 1976, her autobiography Georgia O'Keeffe was a bestseller.
- In the 70s she did work in clay, pencil, and watercolor.
- She loved to travel and once rode down the Colorado River in a rubber raft and also flew around the world!