Georgia O'Keeffe

Nov 15, 1887 - Mar 6, 1986

Artist, Painter

Georgia O'Keeffe's Inspiration

She's a bad ass painter and life advocate.

About Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe was an American artist, best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers and Southwest landscapes. Primarily a painter, she began formal art studies in 1905, but soon became frustrated with the techniques of traditional Realist painting. After studying the revolutionary ideas of Arthur Wesley Dow in 1912, who created works of art based on personal style, design and interpretation of subjects, the direction of her artistic practice took a dramatic shift. After two years of experimentation, she completed a series of charcoal drawings which would make O’Keeffe one of the very first to practice pure Abstraction. Instantly fascinated, these drawings were exhibited in New York by renowned art dealer and photographer Alfred Stieglitz in 1917. Becoming equally fascinated with the artist herself, the couple would later marry. By the mid-1920s, O’Keeffe, now credited as being the "Mother of American Modernism", had become one of the most important and successful artists in America. O'Keeffe died at her beloved home in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 9, 1986 at the age of 98.

Among her many awards and honors, O'Keeffe received the M. Carey Thomas Award at Bryn Mawr College in 1971 and two years later received an honorary degree from Harvard University. In 1977, President Gerald Ford presented O'Keeffe with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor awarded to American civilians. In 1985, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Ronald Reagan. In 1993, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

Georgia O'Keeffe, early years, by Alfred Stieglitz

The painting is like a thread that runs through all the reasons for all the other things that make one's life.

- Georgia O'Keeffe