Famous Painter from the Roaring 20s Era
Who was Georgia O'Keeffe?
Georgia was a healthy baby born on November 15th, 1887 in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. She was always interested in art and took art lessons at a very young age. She studied and Art Institute of Chicago in New York when she got older to continue enjoying her love for art. Not only did she study types of art, but she also studied different artists such as William Merritt Chase.
The painting above by O'Keeffe is called Petunias.
O'Keeffe's First Partnership
O'Keeffe found a gallery in New York run by a man named Albert Stieglitz and showed her artwork for the first time to the public. Stieglitz and O'Keeffe later married and started a professional partnership. During this time she created artwork such as Black Iris in 1926 and Oriental Poppies in 1928. This partnership lasted until Stieglitz died in 1946.
Life in New Mexico
After Stieglitz's death, O'Keeffe moved to New Mexico permanently because the landscape intrigued her. The landscape also inspired artwork like Cow's Skull with Calico Roses in 1931. Now the places in New Mexico that looked like configurations in O'Keeffe's paintings are known as O'Keeffe Country.
The painting above by O'Keeffe is called Petunia No. 2.
A similar artist to Georgia O'Keeffe is a lady named Imogen Cunningham. What the two have in common is their love for flora and the their love for drawing abstractions and giant flowers. Their pictures always seemed to have contrasting colors. The only thing that makes them different is O'Keeffe's medias for art were watercolors and pencil and Cunningham's media was photography.
Death and Legacy
Georgia died on March 6th in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was said to have paved the way for the development of modernism in America. She produced over 2000 works of art which helped show the evolution of a true master. Georgia O'Keeffe was a truly influential artist that dozens of present day artists look up to.
If you would like to see more of O'Keeffe's floral and landscaped paintings, please enjoy the video above which also shows her life about art with art!