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Georgia O’Keeffe: The Secrets of Her Success Part 1

Updated on October 19, 2011


Georgia O’Keeffe was one of the most important and influential American artists of the twentieth century. This claim is supported by the recognition that she received, the impact that she had on the art world, and her financial success as a working artist. She is one of less the than four hundred artists worldwide with a museum dedicated solely to their work (Larson 12). It is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico and receives an average of five thousand visitors per week (13). She was among the few women “who forged their own paths . . . despite many hardships and setbacks” (Lynch 47) and “became a pioneer in the art world” (Gadt 182). She became a successful artist in a time period when it was rare for a woman to have a career outside of the home. Her paintings have sold for record prices, including her Summer Days, which was purchased by Calvin Klein for a reported one million dollars (Krull 71). The purpose of this paper is to first, discuss O’Keefe’s unique character and how it enabled her to succeed where so many before her had failed; second, to discuss the key elements that led to her success; third, to discuss the controversy surrounding the critics’ interpretations of O’Keefe’s work; and finally, to discuss how could she be used as a role model.

(Coming soon Georgia O'Keeffe: The Secrets of Her Success-- Part 2: Background)

A list of research sources will be provided in the final chapter of this series.


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      Reprieve26 4 years ago from Oregon Coast

      Thank you! Yes, O'Keeffe was an amazing artist. Visiting her studio would be a lot of fun. You can learn so much about someone by seeing their work space. :)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      this is a wonderful and awesome hub... thank you. I would love to go visit her studio in new Mexico.. blessings.. I will read more


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      Reprieve26 6 years ago from Oregon Coast

      Thanks! :)

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      I LOVE Georgia O'Keeffe's work! Great info, and I'll be back to read your other hubs on her. Voted up!

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      Brian L. Powell 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas (Oak Cliff)

      The works of Georgia O'Keeff are among my favorites. Then I like almost everything from that period of history. Still, good choice. On to number 2!

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      Reprieve26 6 years ago from Oregon Coast

      Thank you! :) I'm glad that you're enjoying this series. Georgia O'Keeffe was a complicated woman, so it was difficult summarizing her life and contributions to the art world. At this point, it looks like it's going to take around 7 hubs to complete this series. I'll probably post 1-2 sections per day-- in order to space them out and not overwhelm my readers.

      Thank you for reading and commenting! :)

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      You have my interest. I'll stay tuned for more on this artist. I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. Up one and Useful. I'm now your fan! RJ