Georgia O’ Keeffe, 1956.
photo by Yousuf Karsh
drawings + paintings by heather ripley + a lot of art not by her. you know, art works.
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If any artist ever followed her own vision, no matter where it took her, it was Georgia O’Keeffe.
Here, on what would have been her 125th birthday (she was born Nov. 15, 1887, in Wisconsin and died in 1986, at 98, in New Mexico), LIFE.com looks at John Loengard’s astonishing 1967 portraits of the artist as an old woman — that somehow manages to suggest, in one frame, Georgia O’Keeffe’s willful isolation, her breathtaking self-possession and her singular place in the American consciousness.
This woman’s work / This woman’s world / Oh it’s hard on a man
I know this Maxwell song is not about the work of Georgia O’Keefe, but I love this woman’s work.
Also, I am considering my midday detour to read the linked biography below as the task for Day 6 of Art Everyday: Research an artist. Quite a woman.
MARCH 6, 1986: GEORGIA O’KEEFFE DIES
On this day in 1986, at the age of 98, painter Georgia O’Keeffe passed away.
Among the great American artists of the 20th-century, Georgia O’Keeffe stands as one of the most compelling.
In 1929 O’Keeffe took a vacation with her friend Beck Strand to Taos, New Mexico. The trip would forever alter the course of her life.
Read her full biography on the American Masters website.