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Georgia OKeefe

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        Georgia O’Keefe is a wonderful inspiration to me. Her paintings are  great! Her skill and talent means everything in her art. Georgia was very talented and is best known for her brightly colored flowers and cow skull with calico roses painting. O’Keefe was born in Sun Prarie, Wisconsin on November 15, 1887. Georgia found an advocate in famed photographer, Alfred Stieglitz, that framed her art and showed it in his gallery. Later the two got married. If you want more information about Georgia O'Keefe, visit THIS WEBSITE !



Georgia O’Keeffe was one of the most successful women artists in the world. She opened many doors for woman and their careers. She also encouraged them to make a living out of it.

O’Keeffe was born on November 15, 1887, in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. She was the first of five girls and the second of seven children. Georgia grew up on a large dairy farm, and the first memories she had was of lying down on a quilt with brightly colored squares and green pillows. She said that this memory is important because, of the colors and patterns of the places around her. It was the first time she had seen so many bright colors. The way it connected with her art is because she’s interested in bright colors and open spaces because it lets her see outside.

When Georgia was five she started getting interested in art. For years Georgia and her sisters attended private art lessons. When Georgia turned thirteen she was sent to a boarding school called The Academy of Sacred Heart in Madison, Wisconsin. She often got frustrated with teachers for trying to control her art and telling her what to do.

In 1905 Georgia started studying at the Art Institute in Chicago, Illinois. After studying for two years she decided to start working as an illustrator and stop painting. Can you believe she would stop doing what she loved for something she had no idea about?

Until 1915, she had not made up her mind as to whether she wanted to paint again or not. While trying to decide on what to do she went back to school to get a collage degree in science. In 1916, she went back to painting and started on charcoal pieces. Then, she found a photographer Alfred Stieglitz, who framed her older pieces. Later she married Alfred who was 30 years older than her.

The paintings from her later phase were of a small rectangular door on an adobe wall and the sky. These were far less inspiring than her paintings she did right out of college. Many called these pieces strange and unusual but Georgia took it as a compliment.

When Georgia was near the age 84 she lost her eyesight so she stopped painting. Although she lost her eyesight, she was still an art teacher and could still do many other things she used to. On March 6, 1986 at age 98, O’Keeffe died in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Eleven years after O’Keeffe’s death, the Georgia O’Keeffe museum opened up at her death place. The museum showed many of her pieces such as: “Cow Skull with Calico Roses”, “Pink Roses and Larkspur”, and “Narcissa’s Last Orchid”.

Georgia O’Keeffe is famous because she was the first professional woman artist. Also she was the only woman of her time who took up art seriously. Georgia won seven awards in her life which was more than any other person in America at the time. President Ronald Reagan even presented one.                                                                  



Photo of Georgia OKEEFE


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Hunter, Shaun. Visual and performing arts. New York, New York: Crabtree publishing company, 1999


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Montgomery, Elizabeth. Georgia O’Keefe. New York: Barnes and Noble incorporation, 1993


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Lowery, Linda. Georgia O’Keefe. Minnesota: carolrohada books incorporation, 1996


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“Georgia O’Keefe biography”. 5/6/2010. http://www.lkwopl.org/wihohio/okee-geo.htm.


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Thompson, Ruth. Georgia O’Keefe. Hong Kong: scholastic incorporation, 2003


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Winter, Jeannette. My name is Georgia. New York: Harcourt brace & company, 1998.

Listen to an Interview with Georgia O'Keefe


Comments (11)

Hailey said

at 10:03 am on Apr 20, 2010

Wow sounds cool : }

Jhensy said

at 10:14 am on Apr 20, 2010

I hope you have fun studing your person.

Belma said

at 10:19 am on Apr 20, 2010

I like your proposal. hope you have fun studying her.. =]

Belma said

at 10:28 pm on Apr 27, 2010

your pictures are soo AWESOME!

Ivey said

at 8:36 pm on May 7, 2010

thankzzz :)

Hannah said

at 6:46 pm on May 25, 2010

What do you have in common with her?

Ivey said

at 1:51 pm on Jun 8, 2010

i love painting and i not judge other people by the way they do things

Ivey said

at 5:08 pm on Jun 8, 2010


Jhensy said

at 10:54 am on Jun 14, 2010

What are some fun facts you learned about your famous american and when did she first stert to paint?
Give me the answer by commenting Wilma Rudolph!

Jhensy said

at 10:57 am on Jun 14, 2010

Well, Wilma changed the world by being the first black African american to run in the Olympics, and she gave other African Americans the privallige to run in the Olympics to.

Jhensy said

at 11:02 am on Jun 14, 2010

Your Famous American is very intresting and you learned alot of facts about her!

When did Georgia O'keef die? And how did she die, if she died?
comment Wilma Rudolph to give me your answer.

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