Georgia O'Keeffe

An Artist and an Innovator

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"I found I could say things with colors and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for."

Who is Georgia O'Keeffe?

Georgia O'Keeffe was born on November 15, 1887, in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. She studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago. Alfred Stieglitz helped give Georgia her first gallery show in 1916. The two became a couple and married in 1924. After her husband died in 1946, O'Keeffe moved to New Mexico where she was inspired by the landscape. She sadly died in 1986 at the age of 98. The video below is great in explaining Georgia O'Keeffe's constant visits to New Mexico and why she eventually moved there. It also discusses how she found inspiration within the villages of the small, quaint town.
Georgia O'Keeffe's New Mexico

How has Georgia O'Keeffe Contributed to American Culture?

Georgia O'Keeffe is a very well-known American Artist. Most of her work is of cow skulls or flowers. She has pieces hanging in places like the Metropolitan Museum in New York. O'Keeffe also has a museum dedicated to her in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the place of her death. She has contributed to our society in many ways. Her surreal paintings of exotic flowers have brought bright colors and intricate designs into traditional museums. She was also one of the first women to become a famous artist in her time period which was an amazing breakthrough at the time. Georgia O'Keeffe has offered so much to art and the progression of women in the art and literature industry in the 20th century.

"You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare."

Lio Lo v.s. Georgia O'Keeffe

Lio Lo is a female artist from Canada who is most commonly known for her floral paintings. I feel that her and Georgia O'Keeffe are not only similar because they both draw floral scenes, but because of the detail they put into every piece. To the left, you can see an image where a piece of Lio Lo's and a piece of Georgia O'Keeffe's are compared. As you can see, the two both contain a large amount of detail and both depict flowers. Also depicted are the two female artists.

"To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage."

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The postcard above features some of Georgia O'Keeffe's artwork. The letter to the right is not an official letter written by O'Keeffe, but because she loved to travel so much, it perfectly represents her.