Biography

Georgia Totto O’Keeffe was born close to Sun Prairie, Wisconsin on November 15, 1887 and died, at the age of 98, on March 6, 1986.  She has been known for her paintings of flowers, shells, animal bones, and landscapes. She also often would transform her subject into powerful abstract images. Her mother made her and her sisters go to art class and when her parents had believed she did so well they sent her to art school. She attend Town Hall Shool in Wisconsin.

 Georgia O’Keeffe enrolled at the School of Art Institute of Chicago. Georgia studied under William Merritt Chase. After being a teaching assistant to Alon Bement at the University of Virginia in 1915, she was later introduced to Alfred Stieglitz who said that her drawings were the “purest, finest, sincerest things that had ever entered 291 in a long while.” 291 was Stieglitz’s gallery, her paintings were taken by Anita Pollitzer to the gallery for him to look at. Shortly after she arrived at New York, around April 1917, Alfred took her to the Stieglitz family home at Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains. He arranged for her to live in his niece’s unoccupied studio apartment. She then produced many paintings of Lake George. He fell in love with her by July, he later left his wife Emmeline Obermeyer Stieglitz and after he was divorced in 1924, he and O’Keeffe got married.  

 In May 1929, she and her friend Beck Strand went to Taos, New Mexico to find more inspiration for her work. And between 1929 and 1949 she spent every year working in New Mexico. In 1932 O’Keeffe had suffered a nervous breakdown and had fallen behind on a project. She was then hospitalized in 1933 and did not paint again until January 1934. Her artwork commanded high prices; in 1928 six of her calla lily paintings sold for $25,000.  

 At the age of 84 she was losing her central vision and had peripheral sight. She later on hired Juan Hamilton to help her with some jobs. He became her business manager until she died. After her death her family looked at her will and found that she left her estate to Juan Hamilton. 

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_O’Keeffe

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