CANDLES FOR AN ARTIST: happy 125th birthday, Georgia O’Keeffe!


Georgia O’Keeffe, hands 1918.
Photo by Alfred Stieglitz.

Hello, readers!

I was supposed to write this post earlier, today, but I got caught up with doing important stuff online and it all took TOO long. But I am still posting here because this is ALSO important:

It was Georgia O’Keeffe’s 125th birthday! Isn’t that awesome?

I admire this woman for the beauty she graced the art world with. Her works were BOLD and DYNAMIC! And how about an extra descriptive? SAUCY.  Admittedly, I need to read more on her and her life, but she led a very interesting one and her emphatic modern artworks reflect that unique life. When I let my eyes wonder on her creations, the largeness of the subjects fills my sight with visual words…speaking profound things within the secret folds, direct lines, lovely curves and swelling colors. What a presence she was and her spirit, as spirits go, is yet all around as we are privileged to continue to enjoy what she left.

Here is an excerpt, from Wikipedia, about her (read more at Wikipedia):

Georgia Totto O’Keeffe (November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986) was an American artist.

Born near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, O’Keeffe first came to the attention of the New York art community in 1916, several decades before women had gained access to art training in America’s colleges and universities.

She made large-format paintings of enlarged blossoms, presenting them close up as if seen through a magnifying lens, and New York buildings, most of which date from the same decade. Beginning in 1929, when she first began working part of the year in Northern New Mexico—which she made her permanent home in 1949—O’Keeffe depicted subjects specific to that area.

Below are some fantastic images; only a VERY small portion of her expanse of work (I have ordered them by year).

Blue and Green Music.
1919/21, Oil on canvas, 58.4 x 48.3 cm (23 x 18 in.)

The Shelton with Sunspots, N.Y.
1926, Oil on canvas, 123.2 x 76.8 cm (48 1/2 x 30 1/4 in.)
Signed, titled, and dated on label on reverse

Ballet Skirt or Electric Light.
1927, Oil on canvas, 91.4 x 76.2 cm (36 x 30 in.)

Yellow Hickory Leaves with Daisy.
1928, Oil on canvas, 76.5 x 101.6 cm (29 7/8 x 39 7/8 in.)
Signed and dated verso: G. O’Keeffe / 10-10-28

Black Cross, New Mexico.
1929, Oil on canvas, 99.1 x 76.2 cm (39 x 30 in.)

Mule Skull with Turkey Feather, c. 1936
Graphite on ivory wove paper
543 x 391 mm

Red Hills with Flowers.
1937, Oil on canvas, 50.8 x 63.5 cm (20 x 25 in.)

Red and Pink Rocks and Teeth.
1938, Oil on canvas, 53.3 x 33 cm (21 x 13 in.)

White Shell with Red.
1938, Pastel on wood pulp laminate board, 546 x 698 mm.

Peru – Machu Picchu, Morning Light.
1957, Oil on canvas, 61 x 45.7 cm (24 x 18 in.)

Sky Above Clouds IV.
1965, Oil on canvas, 243.8 x 731.5 cm (96 x 288 in.)

From a Day with Juan IV.
1977, Oil on canvas, 121.9 x 91.4 cm (48 x 36 in.)

For more information and images on this legendary artist, visit these sites:

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