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Influence of zen buddhism on the Art of Georgia O'Keeffe

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Long before Georgia O’Keeffe started painting flowers or the great landscapes of the Southwest, she explored total abstraction and monochrome palate beginning in 1912. She delved deep into the world of Zen Buddhist inspired art making to get to the very essence of thing, not an imitation, but the TRUTH...the Zen way of seeing the world...

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Influence of zen buddhism on the Art of Georgia O'Keeffe

  1. 1. Presenting… The new book on Georgia O’Keeffe
  2. 2. The Concept: Long before Georgia O’Keeffe started painting flowers or the great landscapes of the Southwest, she explored total abstraction and monochrome palate beginning in 1912. She delved deep into the world of Zen Buddhist inspired art making to get to the very essence of thing, not an imitation, but the TRUTH...the Zen way of seeing the world...
  3. 3. Georgia O’Keeffe July 19, 1915 Georgia O'Keeffe during her time at the University of Virginia Photographer: Rufus W. Holsinger (1866–1930)
  4. 4. Georgia O’Keeffe: A Portrait –Hands and Watercolor by Alfred Stieglitz 1917 The book will explore her formative years…
  5. 5. Dead Rabbit and Copper Pot Georgia O’Keeffe, 1908 While studying at the Art Students League in New York, she won the League's William Merritt Chase still-life prize for her oil painting. Despite the award, the traditional art education route left her searching for more inspiration…
  6. 6. The influence of Japanese Zen Buddhism began to permeate the Modern art movement in France beginning in the 1860’s. These artists began to paint The Buddha and explore new inspiration for their art: ~ Odilon Redon ~ Paul Gauguin ~ Vincent Van Gogh
  7. 7. The Buddha Odilon Redon, 1902
  8. 8. The Buddha Paul Gauguin, 1898
  9. 9. Young Buddha Odilon Redon, 1902
  10. 10. The Buddha and Nirvanna Odilon Redon 1902-1904
  11. 11. Masters of Japanese woodblock printing heavily influenced the modern artists working in Paris Hokusai painting the Great Daruma in 1817 Cranes from Quick Lessons in Simplified Drawing
  12. 12. Vincent Van Gogh (R) copying Katsushika Hokusai (L) Vincent Van Gogh often copied the Japanese Master, Katsushika Hokusai
  13. 13. Portrait of Père Tanguy, Vincent van Gogh, 1887 (note the Japanese paintings in background)
  14. 14. (2nd) Portrait of Père Tanguy, by Vincent van Gogh, 1887 (note the Japanese paintings in background)
  15. 15. The Great Wave off Kanagawa, an ukiyo-e woodblock print by Japanese artist, Katsushika Hokusai, c. 1830 -1833
  16. 16. Landscape by Zen Buddhist priest painter, Sesshu Toyo c. 1500
  17. 17. Yoshitsune Falls, from the series Famous Waterfalls in Various Provinces Katsushika Hokusai, 1833
  18. 18. While studying at the Art Students League in NYC, Georgia attended the Auguste Rodin show of drawings in 1908 and meets Stieglitz briefly. She will meet him again in 1916… Nude by Auguste Rodin, c.1900 from Rodin Exhibition gallery 291, c. 1908
  19. 19. Stieglitz opened the first gallery in the U.S. to exhibit modern art. Gallery 291 was an apartment located at 291 5th Avenue. Photo c. 1908
  20. 20. Nude by Auguste Rodin, from Rodin Exhibition at 291
  21. 21. Photos of young Georgia O’Keeffe by photographer (later husband) Alfred Stieglitz
  22. 22. Georgia O'Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz,1918
  23. 23. In 1914 she began her studies with Arthur Westley Dow and she begins to experiment with a monochrome palate No. 13 Special, 1916/1917 Charcoal on paper
  24. 24. She later incorporate the color blue into her works. Kandinsky wrote a book in 1912, Concerning the Spiritual in Art, in which he claims blue is the color of spirituality
  25. 25. Blue No. 2 by O’Keeffe, 1916
  26. 26. Blue No. 1 Georgia O’Keeffe, 1916
  27. 27. Blue Lines, 1916 Georgia O'Keeffe
  28. 28. Georgia O’Keeffe meets Alfred Stieglitz again… Stieglitz is “the father of modern photography”, founder of gallery 291, founder of Camera Work photographic journal, and her future husband. Self-portrait, 1887
  29. 29. The turning point: In 1914 Georgia studies with her mentor, Arthur Westley Dow at Teachers College at Columbia University.
  30. 30. Arthur Dow, artist and arts educator
  31. 31. Arthur Westley Dow by A. Coburn 1903
  32. 32. Crater Lake, oil on canvas, 1919 Arthur W. Dow
  33. 33. Arthur W. Dow by A. Coburn 1903
  34. 34. Arthur Dow’s associate and mentor: Ernest F. Fenollosa He became the expert on Japanese art working between Japan and Boston University
  35. 35. Arthur W. Dow published his revolutionary book Composition, 1899 It explored Zen Buddhist inspired Japanese art making.
  36. 36. Exercise No. 66 on “No-tan” by Arthur W. Dow for Composition
  37. 37. Evening Star , Georgia O’Keeffe 1917 Georgia O’Keeffe moves to Amarillo, TX and paints the Texas landscape
  38. 38. In 1916 her friend Anita Pollitzer sends Alfred Stieglitz her work without her knowledge. Stieglitz tries to show the works at 291 without her permission. This begins their friendship….
  39. 39. Light Coming on the Plains Georgia O’Keeffe, 1917
  40. 40. Stieglitz shows these photos of O’Keeffe in a very controversial exhibition in NYC. Stieglitz later leaves his wife and child and they get married.
  41. 41. Photograph of Georgia O'Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz in 1918.
  42. 42. Photograph of Georgia O'Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz in 1918.
  43. 43. Lessons in harmony, balance and uncovering the truth in nature lead O’Keeffe to see the world around her in a new light. Black Iris O’Keeffe, 1926
  44. 44. Abstraction White Rose by Georgia O’Keeffe, 1927
  45. 45. Learn more about Georgia O’Keeffe: Book Available: Amazon Kindle Note: you do Not need a Kindle device to read it. Download a Free Kindle Reader for any computer, tablet or phone. Enjoy. www.theartistorychannel.com Sharon M. Fitzgerald, MA

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