Sunday, January 15, 2012

O'Keeffe, Georgia

Yellow Hickory Leaves with Daisy
Oil on canvas
76.5 x 101.6 cm (29 7/8 x 39 7/8 in.)
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, USA

Georgia Totto O'Keeffe (1887 – 1986), an American artist, born near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, not only carved out a significant place for women painters in an area of the American art community that had been exclusive to and is still dominated by men, but also she had become one of America’s most celebrated cultural icons well before her death at age 98.

"Precisionist", is the term most widely used to describe Georgia O’Keeffe’s work. O’Keeffe’s great clarity in painting is what identifies her well-known paintings of urban architecture, mountains, bones, and flowers. The simple, clear forms in her masterpieces made her a pioneer of a new modernism in the USA. Although O’Keeffe used her subject matter representationaly, the starkly linear quality, the thin, clear coloring, and boldly patterned compositions give the effect of an abstract design.

In her later years, she became totally blind and died in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on March 6, 1986, at the age of 98.
In accordance with her wishes, her body was cremated and her ashes were scattered to the wind at the top of Pedernal Mountain, over her beloved "faraway". The brilliance of her art work has proven timeless. The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe opened in 1997.