Born near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, in 1887, tiny village bordering the
great north woods in the last century, Georgia O'Keeffe became a giant of
twentieth-century modern art and the first American woman painter to gain
unanimous respect from both critics and the public the world over. Yet she
carried the powerful simplicity of the prairie with her forever; she
maintained an integrity in her art that reflected the integrity of her life.
O'Keeffe's fame today largely rests upon subjects and devices she first
employed in 1924 in her large flower paintings.
For twenty years, O'Keeffe exhibited and distributed her work through famed
photographer Alfred Stieglitz's (whom she married in 1924) establishments,
from her first solo exhibit at his gallery 291 until Stieglitz's death in
1946. In the 1950's and 60's she showed at other New York galleries: two
travelling retrospectives in 1966 and 1970 insured her place as one of the
most highly regarded American artists of all time. O'Keeffe lived to be
ninety-eight years old. She completed over nine hundred paintings.
Photograph by Alfred Stieglitz, from the Cleveland Museum of Art. A postcard
featuring this photograph is available here
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