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O'Keeffe is one of my favorite artists and I have a couple of prints from the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe. When I visited a friend in ABQ a few years ago, the museum was one of the highlights. The month was August; the weather was so hot that we carried water with us when we went out to shop or tour. The museum was cool and the art, of course, magnificent. "And this," I thought, "is why I believe art to be spiritual."
From PBS's American Masters:
In 1929 O’Keeffe took a vacation with her friend Beck Strand to Taos, New Mexico. The trip would forever alter the course of her life. In love with the open skies and sun-drenched landscape, O’Keeffe returned every summer to travel and to paint. When Steiglitz* in 1946 died, O’Keeffe took up permanent residence there. More than almost any of her other works, these early New Mexico landscapes and still lifes have come to represent her unique gifts. The rich texture of the clouds and sky were similar to her earlier, more sensuous representations of flowers. But beneath these clouds one found the bleached bones of animals long gone.
*Steiglitz -a photographer and gallery owner who first showed O'Keeffe's work in 1916.
Within two years, Steiglitz had convinced O’Keeffe to move to New York and devote all of her time to painting. His regular presentations of her work had begun to cause a buzz, and create for a her a small following. Six years later the two were married, beginning one of the most fruitful and well-known collaborations of the modernist era. For the next twenty years the two would live and work together, Steiglitz creating an incredible body of portraits of O’Keeffe, while O’Keeffe showed new drawings and paintings nearly every year at the gallery.
Please see "my photos" on "my profile" for a picture of O"Keeffe and one of her paintings.
I enjoyed your comments on your visit to the OKeefe museum. I'd read a book on her several years ago and your topic reminded me of her talent and her significant enrichment to the field of art for women. Thanks for the reminder.