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Georgia O’ Keeffe
Art Appreciation

My paper is on Georgia O’ Keeffe. Georgia really and truly loved her work and it always showed, no matter if she was painting bones of dead animals or flowers….she was consistent in her love for art. Georgia O’Keeffe was born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin on November 15, 1887. She is said to be able to portray the power and emotion of objects of nature. She first started doing charcoal abstraction drawings, which is what made her quite famous around the year 1916. (Prebles Artforms 10th Edition) Georgia is mostly famous for her paintings of flowers and landscapes. She is well known for being able to soften them to make them fade into the canvas or make them look alive and blooming out of the canvas. Her art reminds me of myself in a way because I am a shy person and much like a flower…. not saying a lot and sort of just sitting there quietly, but given attention the flower blooms to life. Some people do not notice flowers and they just walk by them or think to themselves “that is pretty” and continue on their way. Others take the time to stop and smell them and appreciate their quiet beauty. Georgia saw this in her flowers and her love for nature itself. (http://www.lkwdpl.org/wihohio/okee-geo.htm) She was once quoted as saying “When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else.” (http://www.theartstory.org/artist-okeeffe-georgia.htm) Georgia took a job as an art teacher in Texas and also attended college in Columbia where she took classes that brought out her artistic ability. She had actually taken a four year break from art and thought that she would never be able to classify herself as an artist….how wrong she was. She went from painting in watercolor to using oil and by then her works were exploding on the canvas and in the hearts of people. “By the mid-1920s, O'Keeffe was already recognized as one of the most significant American artists of the time and her art began to command high prices.” (http://www.theartstory.org/artist-okeeffe-georgia.htm). Georgia did a painting of an iris, Black Iris III; there was much controversy over this particular painting. Critics/people saw it to be a vagina with the layers and such being painted as so, this opinion was also known as a “Freudian Interpretation”. Although 1970s feminists celebrated O'Keeffe as the originator of "female iconography", O'Keeffe rejected their celebration of her work and refused to cooperate with any of their projects. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_O'Keeffe). There is another painting called Blue I that resembles the female organs; this is my opinion alone but after researching her work and coming across this particular painting, it is evident how her work could be seen as a female organ. Blue I appears to be a fetus or the inside of a woman’s body in beginning pregnancy, it closely resembles the pictures you see in the doctor’s office. "It is only by selection, by elimination, and by emphasis that we get at the real meaning of things.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_O'Keeffe). This is a quote from O’Keeffe herself. Maybe this means that if we pick apart her paintings, we will get the meaning of the piece. This would make sense as there is so much more than just a flower…or bones….or whatever it is she happens to have on her canvas. After peeling back the layers of her art you begin to catch emotion from it and interpret it different. By understanding the artist and their past, you can better understand their art. In Georiga’s painting Green and Blue Music (1921), she appears to have painted a flower; however after you know the name of the piece and look at it again, you start to see the music and the rhythm and the sound waves……you begin to see it differently. Georgia O’ Keeffe became Georgia Stieglitz in 1924. Her husband was photographer and it was actually in his gallery that her works of charcoal were first...
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