Friday, May 18, 2012
Hollyhock Pink with Pedernal
oil on canvas
20 x 30 in.
Milwaukee Museum of Art, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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.
Known for the flower paintings which encompass a quarter of her work, O’Keeffe was originally inspired by nature during her childhood in rural Wisconsin. Shunning her artistic education in favor of expressing her emotions, O’Keeffe enlarged flowers until they became abstract artforms whose sheer size commanded attention. An innovator who profoundly impacted 20th century art, O’Keeffe was the first woman honored with her own exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. 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".
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