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November 15

Georgia O'Keefe

Whether working in watercolor, charcoal, or oil, Georgia O’Keefe could vary her view from expansive landscapes to the small details of a flower.

Photo by Arnold Newman/Getty Images

1887: Portrait of an Artist
Georgia O’ Keeffe is born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Simple, intimate, precise: These are just some of the words that characterize the painting style of Georgia O’Keeffe, who was inspired to paint flowers, deserts, bones, and other objects according to this aesthetic. She painted in New York City and New York’s Adirondack Mountains, and in the Southwest, near her longtime home in New Mexico.

O’Keeffe sometimes painted in a very abstract way; other times, in a literal fashion. She could render a skyscraper in blocks of color or paint a flower in rich, lush detail. O’Keeffe is considered to have been one of the key artists—male or female—whose work inspired and impressed European art and artists. And as a woman working in a field then dominated by men, makes her influence even more impressive.
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