Georgia O'Keeffe's originality and integrity earned her a reputation as one of the greatest American Artist of the twentieth century. Always loyal to her own vision, she painted her works without regard to public tastes or changing styles in American Art. Her paintings have retained a timeless quality that makes them look fresh and original still.

O'Keeffe's paintings of natural subjects-not only flowers, but animal bones, sea shells, rocks and desert landscapes-carry with them a peaceful balance of elements, reflecting the artist's love of her subjects as well as a highly developed sense of composition.

By the time her work was first shown in New York in 1916, when she was twenty-eight, O'Keefe had been painting for many years. Even as a child, the forms of nature had fascinated her, by the time she was thirteen years old she knew she was wanted to be an artist.

She studied at the Art Institue of Chicago, with the New York Art Students' League, and at the University of Virginia. These studies refined her technique and led to a postion as an art educator for the Texas public schools. 

While working in Texas she met a New York photographer and art dealer named Alfred Stieglitz who later became her husband and opened in his gallery her first exhibition.

She eventually settled in New Mexico in 1949, where she painted stark, boldly colored landscapes and abstracts that evoked her impressions of her Southwestern desert environment.

WHITE PANCY - A magnified flower fills the entire canvas of White Pancy. The study of a flower is clear and precise with few details. The color is strong and bold. The design is controlled. This is an example of O'Keeffe's style of painting.


Although her goal was to reveal the form of her subjects rather than any purely sentimental meaning, her paintings often have a strong emotional impact.
 

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