Georgia O'Keeffe

A Woman on Paper

Created by Katie Dunn

Early Life

Georgia O'Keeffe was born on November 15, 1887 and grew up in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Georgia's mother made art very important in all her childrens' lives. She was the second of seven children, and knew from a very early age that she wanted to be an artist. She attended to Art Institute of Chicago in 1905 and a year later she went to study with the Art Students League of New York. Although her work was well received she thought that art school wasn't fulfilling, so quit fine-art for a while. During her break from painting she became a commercial artist in Chicago, and then became a teacher in Texas. In 1915 Georgia O'Keeffe re-entered the painting world by attending classes at the College of Colombia University.

Beginning of Career

While Georgia O'Keeffe was at the College of Colombia University, she began to create a set of abstract charcoal drawings, where she expressed her own feelings and ideas. She sent the artwork to one of her old classmates, who then showed her artwork to Alfred Stieglitz, an internationally known photographer. Alfred Stieglitz showed 10 pieces of her artwork at a show in New York, but Georgia O'Keeffe made him shut it down. Stieglitz offered to pay for O'Keeffe to paint in New York for a year, and she accepted. In 1924 Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz got married, which was considered a huge scandal as she was 29 and he was 54.

Igor Levashov's Work

Artwork Comparison

Georgia O'Keeffe was very interested in flowers and nature in her paintings, and she used a lot of bold colors. I saw a similarity in Igor Levashov's artwork, because all of his paintings are of flowers and he used bold colors as well. A difference in their artwork is that Georgia O'Keeffe created her artwork using different scales, some of her artwork was very close up and some was far away with the background blown up, while Igor Levashov's artwork was very proportional and realistic.

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Georgia O'Keeffe's Significance

Georgia O'Keeffe was one of the most amazing women in America. She was identified as the first female modernist by Alfred Stieglitz. Another reason that Georgia O'Keeffe is so inspirational is because she created her own types of art, and didn't copy previous artists ideas.