Presented by Robin Sarner
“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for a moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not!” ~ Georgia O’Keeffe
In the early 1920's, she stopped teaching and moved to New York to marry Alfred Stieglitz, a well known photographer. After her husband died, O'Keeffe moved to New Mexico and painted the nature she loved so much. Recognized as the “Mother of American Modernism,” she played a pivotal role in its development and its relationship to abstract expressionism of the early twentieth century.
O’Keeffe produced a substantial body of work over seven decades and is best known for painting enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes. She sought to capture the emotion and power of objects through abstraction the natural world. O’Keeffe often used striking viewpoints to draw attention to her subject matter and painted her flowers so large that they had to be noticed and seen in a different, new way.
Places to Visit
See Georgia locally at LACMA
Clip from an interview made in the 70’s when Georgia O’Keeffe was an elderly woman. This video is geared for adults and older kids grades 3rd and up.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum – Wonderful online collection of O’Keeffe’s various works.