Fall in Love with Georgia O'Keeffe Art Prints and Paintings
A Fascinating Woman, As Well As a Talented Artist
Sensual Flower Paintings You Will Never Forget
It all began with a wall calendar. At the beginning of each year when our daughters were growing up, we purchased each of them a wall calendar. Our goal was simply to help them keep track of their own soccer games and school events. Usually the calendars featured photos of puppies or kittens. However, one year I chose a Georgia O'Keeffe calendar for our youngest daughter, who was about eight years old at the time.
At first, there didn't seem to be anything different about that year's calendar. However, at the end of January, instead of simply turning over a new page, she carefully cut out the old page and used masking tape to attach it to her bedroom wall. At the end of February, she did the same thing. As the months went by, she seemed enraptured by her growing collection of Georgia O'Keeffe paintings on her wall. While at a local art supply store one day, I saw some inexpensive plastic frames on sale that were the perfect size to hold the calendar pages. I bought a dozen and, gradually, all her calendar pages ended up framed and hung around her room, much to her delight.
A few months later, I learned there was going to be a Georgia O'Keeffe art exhibit at a local museum. Our entire family went and fell in love with amazing paintings we had never seen before. Since that tentative beginning, all of our daughters have grown to love and appreciate the Georgia O'Keeffe flower paintings. We have also enjoyed learning more about this fascinating artist.
If you are interested in checking out the large selection of Georgia O'Keeffe prints that are available online, click on the blue product name of any of the works of art featured in the ads below. You will be taken to the Amazon page for that item, where you can learn more, see the price or shop for some of the other works of art that are available.
There is no need for you to start your collection of her wonderful artwork by framing old calendar pages (although that is still a possibility.) Instead you can order the high quality prints you want from Amazon and decorate your home with your personal favorites.
This Is One of My Personal Favorite Works of Art
This beautiful Iris painting has always been one of our favorites. I especially love the fact that this version is printed on canvas and comes framed, making it look as much as possible like the original. It is ready to hang on the wall.
Our Favorite Georgia O'Keeffe Prints
As with any art collectors, our family has their favorite Georgia O'Keeffe art prints. While there is no way we could ever own one of her incredible original paintings, we are fortunate that we have access to high-quality prints at affordable prices.
Shown below are our favorite works by this talented artist. If you want to see other choices, use the Amazon link above or click on the blue product descriptions describing one of the prints shown below. That will take you to the Amazon site where you can search through dozens of other possibilities.
Note: Her name is misspelled in some of the ads ... but I have not control over how the advertisers spelled it!
Love red? This beautiful Red Canna is a gorgeous choice. Is is not as well known as her "Red Poppies," but we loved the delicate look of these flowers.
Who Was Georgia O'Keeffe?
Georgia Totto O'Keeffe was born in Wisconsin on November 15, 1887 and lived almost 100 years until March 6, 1986. Her art work started gaining attention in about 1916, when her work became popular with the New York art community. By 1929, she began to spend more and more time working in New Mexico and she made that state her permanent home from 1949 until her death. However, she also spent some time in Texas and Hawaii where she also did some painting. Although flowers are her most recognized subject matter, she also painted occasional landscapes.
O'Keeffe's close-up paintings of flowers were distinctive and gave the viewer the feeling that they were looking at the blooms through a magnifying glass.
In her younger years, her art career was unremarkable. Although she had studied art from the time she was ten years old, O'Keeffe became discouraged and initially ended up working for several years in Chicago as a commercial artist. After that experience, she taught art in public schools in Amarillo in the Panhandle of Texas. She enjoyed that experience enough to attend the Teacher's College at Columbia University. Later, she returned to Texas and taught art at West Texas A&M University in Canyon.
Georgia O'Keeffe as an Artist
In early 1916, her friend, Anita Pollitzer, took some of Georgia's charcoal drawings to the 291 Art Gallery in New York, where they were exhibited that April. The next year, more of her art, including oil paintings and watercolors, were organized into a solo show at the 291 Gallery. By 1918, O'Keeffe had moved to New York where she fell in love with Stieglitz, the gallery owner who had organized her shows at the 291 Gallery. They began living together and were married in 1924. He was a renowned photographer and he took hundreds of photos of his wife, including the one in this article.
Over the decades, Georgia and her husband had busy, individual careers. Her work became world famous and her renown lasted most of her life. However, in her later years she suffered from macular degeneration, which left her with only peripheral vision. She could no longer paint without assistance. Ever the artist, she hired an assistant who helped her learn to work with clay. He also assisted her in continuing to create a series of watercolors.
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