Georgia O'keeffe

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February 13, 2014
Georgia O’Keeffe: 20th Century Artist Artist and painter Georgia O’Keeffe was born on November 15, 1887, in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Known for her paintings of flowers, bones, shells, stones, leaves, trees, mountains, and other natural forms, O’Keeffe was one of the greatest American artists of the twentieth century. As a child she received art lessons at home, and her abilities were quickly recognized and encouraged by teachers throughout her school years. Georgia also attended Saturday art lessons as a child. By the time she graduated high school in 1905, O’Keeffe had decided to make her way as an artist. She died of old age and she could not paint unassisted. She was forced to move in with her assistant in Santa Fe, New Mexico… where she died on March 6, 1986 at the old age of ninety-nine. Francis and Ida O’Keeffe, Georgia’s parents, named her Georgia Totto O‘Keeffe after her Hungarian grandfather, George Victor Totto. The O’Keeffe’s, an immigrant family from Ireland, had settled in the same town of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, ten years before the Totto’s, in 1848. Georgia’s mother and father, Francis and Ida, grew up as neighbors. When they got older, both families favored a marriage between the two. Although Ida aspired to be a doctor, she obediently agreed to the marriage in 1884. Georgia’s mother spent much time educating all of her children, but Georgia was not the favorite and didn’t get much attention from her mother. Growing up in a family with five other brothers and sisters, Georgia’s character developed to be quiet and independent. Colors and objects fascinated Georgia from an early age; and by the time she was in eighth grade, she had already dedicated herself to becoming an artist. Georgia O’Keeffe first attended a rural one-room schoolhouse near Sun Prairie, from1892-1901. Then she attended a boarding school names the Sacred Heart Academy in Madison, WI in 1901. In 1902, Georgia spent one

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