"...I am going to be an artist!"--"I don't really know where I got my artist idea...I only know that by that time it was definitely settled in my mind."
When we selected our women to research Id only heard of a few of them, but in knowing about them I realized Id rather research someone I dont know much about. I saw Georgia OKeeffe and decided to pick her. Mostly because I knew nothing about her, but her name just seemed to intrigue me.
Facts in Brief
Name: Georgia Totto OKeeffe
Birth: November 15, 1887
Location of Birth: Farmhouse on a large dairy farm outside of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, second of seven children.
Date of Death: March 6, 1986
Education: At sixteen, Georgia already had five years of art school in Virginia and Wisconsin; Art Institute of Chicago; and the Art Students League, New York
Honors/Awards/Medals: 1908--won the League's William Merritt Chase still-life prize for her oil painting Untitled. 1997--The Georgia OKeeffe Museum opened in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Gold medal for painting--National Institute of Arts (1970), Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977), and National Medal of Arts (1985).
Born in 1887, Georgia OKeeffe grew up knowing she wanted to be an artist. After she finished high school she went to the Art Institute of Chicago (1905-06) and then to the Art Students League in New York (1907).
In 1913, she began to teach art in Texas. OKeeffe did this until 1918. In 1916 Alfred Steigleitz became interested in OKeeffe abstract style. Steigleitz then exhibited her paintings, in New York. In 1924, the two married.
O'Keeffe was known for her large paintings of such things as desert flowers, New
Mexican landscapes, and sun-bleached animal skulls. When OKeeffe first visited the New Mexican desert, she was stunned by its beauty. In 49, three years after the death of her husband, OKeeffe moved there.
Abstract art is art that depends on internal form rather than pictorial representation. Abstract is what OKeeffe loved to do. She loved putting things together to make something that was so beautiful its hard to tell what it is.
Georgia OKeeffe was independent and loved to be alone. OKeeffe was isolated from the world. She, like every other artist, expressed herself through pictures and colors. Every painting told a different story. By the mid 1920s she was considered one of the most successful artists. To her, this meant nothing. She didnt care about the attention she got or the recognition shed received. She painted for herself. Thats what OKeeffe helped me believe; that being independent doesnt mean that youre alone.
"It was all so far away...there was quiet and an untouched feel to the country and I could work as I pleased."
Georgia OKeeffe--speaking of her home in New Mexico
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4. http://www.okeeffemuseum.org/background/index.html, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum | About Georgia O'Keeffe, 4.02.01
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