Georgia O'Keeffe


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Georgia Totto O'Keeffe (November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986) was an American artist.

Born near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, O'Keeffe first came to the attention of the New York art community in 1916, several decades before women had gained access to art training in America’s colleges and universities.

She made large-format paintings of enlarged blossoms, presenting them close up as ... more »

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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).
  • ''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).
  • 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...
    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).
  • ''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). ...
  • ''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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