Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe | Mother of American Modernism

Georgia O’Keeffe

“One can't paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt.” -- Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe is generally regarded as one of the most significant American artists of the 20th century. She was born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, educated at the Art Institute of Chicago, resided at the hotel during her time in New York City, and died almost one hundred years later (1887-1986) in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

O’Keeffe worked from the early 1900s up until failing eyesight forced her to retire in 1984. Her thousands of paintings, drawings, and sculptures all have the mark of her particular style. Though she is best known for her large-scale drawings of flowers, she also represented leaves, rocks, shells, bones, New York cityscapes, New Mexico-inspired architecture and landscapes, and abstract works.

Photographer Alfred Stieglitz, whom she would later marry, gave O’Keeffe her first gallery show in 1916 at his famous New York space, “291.” The couple lived in New York, though O’Keeffe frequently visited New Mexico.

After Stieglitz died in 1946, Georgia O’Keeffe moved to New Mexico permanently, a change which is immediately evident in the subjects and colors of her later paintings. In 1977, she received the Medal of Freedom, and in 1985 she was given the Medal of the Arts by President Ronald Regan, one year before her death at the age of 98.

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