Quotations From GEORGIA O'KEEFFE

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  • I hate flowers—I paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move.
    Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986), U.S. artist. repr. In Laurie Lisle, Portrait of an Artist (1986). Quoted in New York Herald Tribune (April 18, 1954). in answer to the remark, "How perfect to meet you with flowers in your hands!"

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  • Before I put a brush to canvas, I question, "Is this mine?... Is it influenced by some idea which I have acquired from some man?"... I am trying with all my skill to do a painting that is all of women, as well as all of me.
    Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986), U.S. artist. Debate reported in New York World (March 16, 1930). Quoted in Laurie Lisle, Portrait of an Artist (1986).

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  • One can not be an American by going about saying that one is an American. It is necessary to feel America, like America, love America and then work.
    Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986), U.S. artist. repr. In Laurie Lisle, Portrait of an Artist (1986). Quoted in Chicago Evening Post (March 2, 1926).

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  • Marks on paper are free—free speech—press—pictures all go together I suppose.
    Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986), U.S. artist. letter, Jan. 14, 1916, to Anita Pollitzer. Quoted in Laurie Lisle, Portrait of an Artist, ch. 3 (1986).

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  • I don't very much enjoy looking at paintings in general. I know too much about them. I take them apart.
    Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986), U.S. artist. Quoted in San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle (March 16, 1971).
  • Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression. It is so spontaneous. And after singing, I think the violin. Since I cannot sing, I paint.
    Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986), U.S. artist. repr. In Laurie Lisle, Portrait of an Artist (1986). quoted in New York Sun (Dec. 5, 1922).

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