Georgia O’Keefe

Posted on November 17th, 2015, by iMinerva

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Georgia O’Keefe  –  November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986

Georgia O’Keefe became one of America’s, and the world’s, most recognized women artists.  Known best for her dramatic and intimate focus on flowers, cow skulls, and the New Mexico landscape surrounding her Ghost Ranch home, she also painted New York skyscrapers before moving west.  Her “Sky Above Clouds” hangs in the Art Institute in Chicago (where she studied from 1905 to 1906) and always mesmerizes me when I visit.  It’s impossible for me to look at a beautiful day with billowy white clouds and not consider it a “Georgia O’Keefe sky.”

Painting at a time when men determined the style and received the recognition, O’Keefe has since been recognized as the “Mother of American Modernism.”  She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ford in 1977 and the National Medal of Arts in 1985.

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”

Thank you for your art and inspiration, Ms. O’Keefe.

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