Georgia O’Keeffe Facts

Here are some facts about the American artist, Georgia O’Keeffe.

  • Georgia O’Keeffe wa born on 15th November 1887 in Wisconsin, United States.
  • Her parents were both dairy farmers and she had six brothers and sisters.
  • At the age of ten, Georgia O’Keeffe knew she wanted to be an artist and she started to have lessons with Sara Mann, a watercolour painter.
  • In 1905, O’Keeffe studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, learning from William Merritt Chase.
  • She gave up painting for a while, but took it up again when she went to a class at the University of Virginia taught by Arthur Wesley Dow.
  • She married Alfred Stieglitz, a New York modern art promoter and gallery owner, in 1924.
  • Her husband organised annual exhibitions of her work and she started to gain a reputation as one of America’s most important artists.
  • She was inspired by the scenery of New Mexico and she spent part of the year there painting. In 1949 she moved to the Ghost Ranch region permanently.
  • She was presented with the Presidentail Medal of Freedom in 1984.
  • As she got older, O’Keeffe started to lose her central vision. She still had peripheral vision and she continued to produce artwork (pencil and charcoal drawings and pottery).
  • She died on March 6th 1986. She was 98.
  • Her most well-known work features objects enlarged and painted as if viewed through a magnifying glass. She is also known for her landscapes of the badlands of New Mexico.

30 Responses to Georgia O’Keeffe Facts

  1. Thank you, this helped me out with my art work too, and my homework, you have raised my grade knowledge! Thanks!

  2. thank you for the facts i am also using them for art homework! i have been trying to find a piece she did where she did a painting of a leaf with water droplets on, but i cant find it and am not sure what it is called!! if anyone has any idea please tell me because i need it! thanks 🙂

  3. This really helped me with my art homework! We had to do an A2 research on Georgia O’Keefe and this helped me use up a load of space! Thankyou!

  4. Thats sad that she died 2yrs before becoming 100 and these facts really help me with my art homework on her soooo thanks alot ☺☺

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