That’s Art: Georgia O’Keeffe

April 20, 2010

by Maya

Hello world! This week we are going to dedicate our attention to the fine arts and talk about people whose talent has enriched our lives.

“Nobody sees a flower, really, it is so small. We haven’t time – and to see takes time like to have a friend takes time.” ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

I was first introduced to Georgia O’Keeffe as a teen when I saw a picture of one of her “Black Iris” paintings on the pages of an art magazine. I instantly fell in love with this painting, its colours, its form. It felt so vibrant and serene at the same time. I have loved her art ever since.

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986) was one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century. She is now best known for her still-life, particularly her oversized, almost abstract flower paintings. Her New York paintings are associated with the Precisionism style.  Her later works were greatly inspired by the uniquely beautiful landscapes of New Mexico where she relocated after the death of her husband, famous photographer Alfred Stieglitz.

Her flowers were often interpreted as portrayals of female genitalia. Although O’Keeffe herself denied any sexual connotation in her paintings she became an icon of the feminist art movement due to her self-sufficient and independent life style.

“The men liked to put me down as the best woman painter. I think I’m one of the best painters.”


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