•GeorgiaO’Keeffe wasborn in SunPrairie,Wisconsin in1887. and isThe second ofsevenchildren,O’Keeffe knewshe want toobe an artist
An artist by the name Stieglitz hadconvinced O’Keeffe to move to NewYork and devote all of her time topainting. His regular presentations ofher work had begun to cause a buzz,and create for a her a small following.Six years later the two were married,beginning one of the most fruitful andwell-known collaborations of themodernist era. For the next twentyyears the two would live and worktogether, Stieglitz creating anincredible body of portraits ofO’Keeffe, while O’Keeffe showed newdrawings and paintings nearly everyyear at the gallery.
The American artist GeorgiaOKeeffe is best known for herlarge-scale paintings of flowersas well as for the use of color indepicting the vistas and objectsof the American Southwest. Shefirst drew attention as a memberof the avant-garde movement inNew York,
In 1912, Alon Bement ofTeachers College introducedOKeeffe to the ideas of hiscolleague Arthur Wesley Dow,who saw art as a representationof the artists personal feelings—an expression in line, color,and the balance of light anddark. While OKeeffe hadstudied at both the Art Instituteof Chicago and New Yorks ArtStudents League—where shewon a prize in 1908 for an oilpainting—she had not painted infour years, having concludedthat she could not improve uponthe work of artists who hadcome before her
In 1985 she received the Medalof the Arts from PresidentRonald Reagan. In March of thenext year, at the age of 98,O’Keeffe passed away at St.Vincent’s Hospital in Santa Fe,New Mexico. Georgia O’Keeffe’swork remains a prominent partof major national andinternational museums. Formany, her paintings representthe beginnings of a newAmerican art free from the ironyand cynicism of the late 20thcentury.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters First retrospective show of a womans art at the Museum of Modern ArtAwarded the Gold Medal of Painting by the National Institute of Arts and Letters Awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nations highest civilian honor President Ronald Reagan presented the National Medal of Arts in 1985.