Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia OKeeffe by Laurie LisleGeorgia OKeeffe, one of the most original painters America has ever produced, left behind a remarkable legacy when she died at the age of ninety-eight. Her vivid visual vocabulary--sensuous flowers, bleached bones against red sky and earth--had a stunning, profound, and lasting influence on American art.
OKeeffes personal mystique is as intriguing and enduring as her bold, brilliant canvases. Here is the first full account of her exceptional life-- from her girlhood and early days as a controversial art teacher, to her discovery by the pioneering photographer of the New York avant-garde, Alfred Stieglitz, to her seclusion in the New Mexico desert, where she lived until her death.
And here is the story of a great romance between the extraordinary painter and her much older mentor, lover, and husband, Alfred Stieglitz. Renowned for her fierce independence, iron determination, and unique artistic vision, Georgia OKeeffe is a twentieth-century legend who career spanned the history modern art in America.
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Georgia O'Keeffe - Biography and Legacy
I want to give that world to someone else. I see no reason for painting anything that can be put into any other form as well. I attribute what little success I have to this fact. I wouldn't turn out stuff for order, and I couldn't. It would stifle any creative ability I possess. Details are confusing. It is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis, that we get at the real meaning of things.
Throughout her school years, teachers recognized and cultivated her ability to draw and paint. However, because she believed that she would never distinguish herself as a painter within the tradition of imitative realism, she abandoned her commitment to being a painter altogether and took a job in Chicago as a commercial artist. Bement acquainted her with the then-revolutionary thinking of his colleague at Teachers College, artist and art educator Arthur Wesley Dow. She seems to have had an intuitive appreciation for this aesthetic, having been introduced to it through the art manuals she used as a student in primary and secondary school. Impressed with what he saw, Stieglitz included 10 of her drawings in a group exhibition at in May , and in April he sponsored a solo show of her work. The work she subsequently completed there demonstrates her profound response to the vast plains and open skies of West Texas and particularly to the dramatic landscape configurations of nearby Palo Duro Canyon. VII , and No.
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The American painter Georgia O'Keeffe — developed a distinctive art form that includes startling details of plant forms, bleached bones, and landscapes of the New Mexico desert—all created with natural clarity. She had six siblings, and the family lived on a farm outside of Madison, Wisconsin. Georgia attended the Sacred Heart Academy, and here she had a chance to learn about drawing and painting.
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She was best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers , New York skyscrapers , and New Mexico landscapes. O'Keeffe has been recognized as the "Mother of American modernism ". In , O'Keeffe began her serious formal art training at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and then the Art Students League of New York , but she felt constrained by her lessons that focused on recreating or copying what was in nature. In , unable to fund further education, she worked for two years as a commercial illustrator, and then taught in Virginia, Texas, and South Carolina between and During that time, she studied art during the summers between and and was introduced to the principles and philosophies of Arthur Wesley Dow , who created works of art based upon personal style, design, and interpretation of subjects, rather than trying to copy or represent them. This caused a major change in the way she felt about and approached art, as seen in the beginning stages of her watercolors from her studies at the University of Virginia and more dramatically in the charcoal drawings that she produced in that led to total abstraction. Alfred Stieglitz , an art dealer and photographer, held an exhibit of her works in