Georgia Totti O’Keeffe was an American artist born in 1887 and died in 1986. She has been a major figure in American art since 1920 and is chiefly known for paintings of abstraction and flowers, rocks, shells, and landscapes. She attended schools such as, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Art Students League in New York City. She did a lot of work and studying with watercolors. In the fall of 1908, Georgia became discouraged with her work and became an elementary art teacher for awhile. After leaving teaching, she met many American modernists who eventually inspired her to start working in primarily in oil. In the mid ‘20s she began painting large scale nature themed paintings. Her work was first exhibited in 1916 at the 291 Gallery of Alfred Stieglitz, whom she married in 1924. She lived much of her life in New Mexico which influenced much of her work as she painted numerous southwest themed paintings of bleached bones, rolling hills, cow’s skulls and desert blooms. She is nationally represented in some major museums. Her most personal paintings were said to be her flower paintings. She used a close-up photographic technique. One of her most representative and best-known paintings is Red Poppy which can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of art. Here she depicts a single flower accurately painted with a blast of redness and shagged petals. This painting is of course an enlarged version of a real life Red Poppy. She was inspired by the photographs of Paul Strand and Edward Weston.
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