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Today in History (1887): Artist Georgia O' Keeffe is Born

Artist Georgia O’ Keeffe was never one to shy away from her aspirations. At a young age, the famed painter knew what she was going to be. She showed the world from a different point-of-view with her larger than life paintings which still reflected her skills and dreams on canvas.

Painting large scale works that depict nature in all its glory, the artist Georgia O’ Keeffe represented nature in her works as the end-all, be-all of her career. O’ Keeffe started with charcoal abstractions that illustrated her understanding of fine lines and form, all super imposed to illustrate nature up close.

Georgia O’ Keeffe was born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin on November 15
, 1887. The young O’ Keeffe easily knew that what she wanted to do was become an artist and she set out to do just that.

O’ Keeffe’s charcoal abstractions caught the attention of well-known photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz. The photographer featured her works on his gallery and it caught the attention of many art enthusiasts in New York. Stieglitz was astounded by O’ Keeffe’s work and grew interest in her artistic process and talent.

The two fell in love and married in 1924 and started a personal and professional relationship. O’ Keeffe continued painting her large-format images of flowers, sometimes in their entirety or with one portion painted up close as if it were under a magnifying lens. Georgia O’ Keeffe was known for her colorful paintings and utilization of bold lines that were clearly inspired by nature.

Flowing landscapes and beautiful flora continued to inspire O’ Keeffe as she progressed with her work after Alfred Stieglitz’s death in 1946. The recluse artist led a secluded life in New Mexico where she focused her attention in her art more. The rugged environment of New Mexico proved to be inspirations for O’ Keeffe in her works such as “Black Cross”, “New Mexico” and “Cow’s Skull with Calico Roses”.

Art enthusiasts continued to regard Georgia O’ Keeffe’s eye for art and her signature style as one of the best in Modern Art history as her works continued to gain popularity in the later years of her life. O’ Keeffe was awarded the National Medal of Arts shortly before her death in March 6, 1986. Her paintings of nature and landscapes continue to inspire and amaze people and evoke a feeling of being one with nature.

All information and photos used in this article were sourced from Georgia O’ Keeffe Museum, Biography – Georgia O’ Keeffe, Care Arts, Wikipedia – Georgia O’ Keeffe, PBS Org and The Selvedge Yard.

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