Tuesday, November 29, 2011

O' Keeffe, Georgia

Light Iris
Oil on Canvas
52" X 38"
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Georgia Totto O'Keeffe (1887 – 1986) was an American artist. She was born in a farmhouse on a large dairy farm in Wisconsin.
She distinguished herself as one of America's most important modern artists, a position she maintained throughout her life. She is chiefly known for paintings of flowers, rocks, shells, animal bones, and landscapes in which she synthesized abstraction and representation. Her paintings present crisply contoured forms that are replete with subtle tonal transitions of varying colors. She often transformed her subject matter into powerful abstract images. New York Times described her paintings as both "bold and hermetic, immediately appealing and unnervingly impassive."
She died in Santa Fe on March 6 at the age of 98. In accordance with her wishes, she was cremated and her ashes were scattered to the wind at the top of the Pedernal Mountain, over her beloved "faraway".