Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986)
Georgia O'Keeffe was born in 1887 in rural Wisconsin. She decided to become an artist at an early age and attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York. She taught art in schools in Texas and South Carolina for several years before she began corresponding with the photographer and gallerist Alfred Stieglitz.
In 1917 O'Keeffe had a solo exhibition at Stieglitz's gallery 291, and in 1918 she moved to New York. In 1924 following Stieglitz's divorce, O'Keeffe and Stieglitz married and began spending the summers at Lake George with Stieglitz's family. New York, however, had lost its appeal for O'Keeffe and she began to travel more frequently on her own.
In 1929 O'Keeffe made her first journey to New Mexico, staying with Mabel Dodge Luhan in Taos. The Southwest had a profound influence on O'Keeffe, and the work she created at Ghost Ranch and her home in Abiquiu have become inextricable from her legacy as an artist.
Schools of Study
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 1905-06
Art Students League, New York 1907-08
Partial List of Collections
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Whitney Museum, New York
Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.