Georgia O'keeffe
"Her vivid visual vocabulary -- sensuous flowers, bleached bones against red sky and earth -- had a stunning, profound, and lasting influence on American art in this century."(http://www.squidoo.com/GeorgiaOK)
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY

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Georgia O'keeffe was born on November 15,1887 in Sun Prarie Wisconsin to Francis Calyxtus O’Keeffe and Ida Totto O’Keeffe as the second of seven children. As  a child she recieved art lessons and from a young age was determined to make her way as an artist.  In the fall of 1902 her family moved to Williamsberg, Virginia.  She attented numerous highschools and eventually pursued art studies at The Art Institue Of Chicago from 1905 to 1906.(http://www.okeeffemuseum.org) The next year she  attended the ArtStudents League in New York from 1907 to 1908(http://www.okeeffemuseum.org) O'keeffe visits a photography exhibit where she meets Alfred Stieglitz, whom she later marries. She taught classes at Columia college in 1914-1915.(http://www.okeeffemuseum.org/her-life.aspx) She was determined to"discover a personal language through which she could express her own feelings"(http://www.okeeffemuseum.org/her-life.aspx)  To discover this, she did a series of charcoal drawings which are now known as being some of the most innovative  in all American art.(http://www.okeeffemuseum.org/her-life.aspx) O'keeffe sent some of those drawings to a former columbian classmate who then showed them to Alfred Stielglitz.(http://www.okeeffemuseum.org/her-life.aspx)  Both Stielglitz and Paul Strand had big influences on O'keeffes art.  Both werer american modernist photographers that helped define modernism. After O'keeffe and Stielglitz married in 1924 .He constanyly worked on promoting O'keeffes work.Also in 1924 O'keeffe paints her first flower, her flowers are among her best known works.   In 1929 O'keeffe spent her first summer in New Mexico, which she falls in love with and later buys a home there on Ghost Ranch. Stieglitz is constantly opening Exhibitions of O'keffees paintings.(http://www.okeeffemuseum.org/her-life.aspx) In 1946 Alfred Stieglitz dies on July, 13.(http://www.okeeffemuseum.org/her-life.aspx) O'keffee then moves back to New Mexico and paints there. In 1976 O'keeffes illustrated autobiography becomes a best seller. In 1977 she is awarded the Medal Of Freedom by president Gerald Ford. Eight years later she recieves The Medal Of The Arts from president Ronald Regan.(http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters)  In 1986 Georgia O'keeffe dies at the St. Vincent Hospital, Santa Fe.

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Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz. 1942
The Ghost Ranch, where O'keffee spent a lot of time painting and enjoying nature. 
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The Ghost Ranch, Santa Fe