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. After teaching art in schools in Texas and South Carolina for several years, she began corresponding with the photographer and gallerist Alfred Stieglitz.
In 1917 she had a solo exhibition at Stieglitz's Gallery 291, and in 1918 she moved to New York. Following Stieglitz's divorce in 1924, she and Stieglitz married and began spending the summers at Lake George with Stieglitz's family. New York, however, had lost its appeal for her and she began to travel more frequently on her own.
She made her first journey to New Mexico in 1929, staying with Mabel Dodge Luhan in Taos. The Southwest had a profound influence on her, 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