Saturday, March 17, 2012

O'Keeffe, Georgia

Apple Family 3
Oil on canvas
7 7/8 x 10 7/8 in. (20 x 27.6 cm)
Milwaukee Museum of Art, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Georgia O'Keeffe (1887 - 1986), a unique blend of abstract and representational American artist, was known for the purity, boldness, and clarity of her still-life compositions. She was considered the premier female artist of the 20th century, a title she considered sexist. She was an artist ahead of her time, a modernist who used minimalism and anticipated the reductivism of the 1970s.
In her long career, O'Keeffe focused on nature as well as man-made works, but rarely painted living creatures or people. She used bright colors, and created more than a hundred often giant-sized flower paintings.

She died at Santa Fe in 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".