Sunday, November 30, 2008

Georgia O'Keeffe

Red Poppy

My choice for our November artist is Georgia Totto O’Keeffe. She painted flowers, rocks, shells, animal bones and landscapes. She often turned her compositions into large bold abstract images.

She was born on a farm in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin on November 15, 1887. She was the second of seven children and as a child received art lessons at home. Georgia decided at an early age to become an artist.

Autumn Leaves

She went to art school in Chicago and New York and moved to Texas to teach in the public schools there. Later she taught at a college in South Carolina. Georgia began painting landscapes and one of her paintings caught the attention of internationally known photographer, Alfred Stieglitz. He invited Georgia to come and paint in New York City. He displayed her work in his gallery. Georgia later married Alfred. She later moved to New Mexico and spent her remaining days there. Georgia O’Keeffe died in 1986 at the age of 98. She is considered one of America's greatest painters.

Cow's Skull: Red, White and blue

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