Georgia O'Keeffe Art Prints & Posters

Georgia O’Keeffe was an artist lightyears ahead of her time. For this reason she is one of the most significant and intriguing artists of the twentieth century, best known for her striking and innovative paintings. Her distinctive close-ups of flowers, dramatic cityscapes, glowing prairie landscapes, and images of bones and skulls against the stark desert sky are iconic and are considered to be the original contributions to American Modernism. 

 

Born in 1887 to a large family Georgia Totto O’Keeffe grew up on a farm near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. She studied at the Institute of Art in Chicago for a year from 1906 before going on to art college in New York.  It was here that examples of her canvases were seen by Alfred Stieglitz, an art dealer and internationally known photographer, he was the first to exhibit her work in 1916. He would eventually become O’Keeffe’s husband. By the mid-1920s, O’Keeffe was recognized as one of America’s most important and successful artists, known for her paintings of New York skyscrapers as well as flowers.

In the summer of 1929, O’Keeffe made the first of many trips to northern New Mexico. The stark landscape, distinct indigenous art, and unique regional style of adobe architecture inspired a new direction in O’Keeffe’s artwork. She made the state her permanent home in 1949, three years after Stieglitz’s death. In the 1950s, O’Keeffe began to travel internationally. She created paintings that evoked a sense of the spectacular places she visited, including the mountain peaks of Peru and Japan’s Mount Fuji. At the age of seventy-three she embarked on a new series focused on the clouds in the sky and the rivers below.

Suffering from macular degeneration Georgia O’Keeffe painted her last unassisted oil painting in 1972. But O’Keeffe’s will to create did not diminish with her eyesight and almost blind, she enlisted the help of several assistants to enable her to again create art.  In these works she returned to visual motifs from her memory and vivid imagination. Artist Georgia O’Keeffe died in Santa Fe  in 1986 at the age of 98.

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