Georgia O’Keeffe Artist Study

Georgia O’Keeffe was one of the great American artists of the twentieth century.  She was born on November 15, 1887, in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. Photographer Alfred Stieglitz gave O’Keeffe her first gallery show in 1916, and eventually, the couple fell in love and were married in 1924. After Stieglitz’s death in 1946, O’Keeffe moved to New Mexico, a place she had visited often, where the natural environment inspired her and led to the creation of her well-known paintings of landscapes and bones.

O’Keeffe may be most renowned, however, for her striking paintings of flowers, which help us take a moment to delve deeply into a flower, noticing small details, and recognizing the power and beauty of this element of nature. Before the photographic technology of color film or large photographic blow-ups had been invented, O’Keeffe seemed to be incorporating photographic techniques such as cropping and close-ups in her flower paintings.