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Georgia O'Keeffe [American Painter, 1887-1986]
What is the main idea (focus) of this painting? A Flower What style of art do you think this is? Abstract
Georgia OKeeffe was born on her familys large Wisconsin farm in 1887. Georgias mother thought art was very important, and made sure that Georgia had art lessons while she was growing up. How old was she when she first started private art lessons? 10 yrs. old
She did so well with her lessons that her parents encouraged Georgia to go to art college. After finishing art school, Georgia decided to teach art in Texas, but she was not fulfilled. She longed to show and sell her own artwork.
Georgia moved to New York so that she could sell her paintings in the big citys galleries. She would become one of Americas most famous painters. Who was Georgia married to? The Famous American Photographer Alfred Stieglitz
Why do you think she chose to paint flowers? She usually made her flowers very large. She hoped they would make people feel the same wonderful way she felt when she looked at real flowers. Georgia thought her large flower paintings might get even busy New Yorkers to stop and notice them.
Would you notice these?
She would also paint other items from nature. What is this a painting of?
Can you tell what Georgia was looking at while she painted this picture?
Her paintings are usually very clear and bright, but she did use dark colors occasionally.
Georgia would often try to imitate natural things while she looked at them, but she would sometimes paint shapes and colors that she saw in her mind.
Do you think she looked at something when she painted this, or did she use her imagination?
Even when she painted from her imagination, her artworks still look like something from nature.
While visiting some friends from New Mexico, Georgia OKeeffe discovered that she loved the scenery there.
Georgia was interested in painting all kinds of natural things she saw in New Mexico, even bones!
Sometimes she would paint bones and flowers together!
Georgia OKeeffes paintings can be found in museums all over our country and the world. She even has a whole museum dedicated to her. It is called the Georgia OKeeffe Museum. Where is the museum located?
Georgia OKeeffe lived to be 98 years old. Women were not usually artists in the time Georgia lived. She was a pioneer!
Raise your hand if you like this painting?
Nobody sees a flower, really, it is so small. We haven't time - and to see takes time like to have a friend takes time. If I could paint the flower exactly as I see it no one would see what I see because I would paint it small like the flower is small. So I said to myself - I'll paint what I see - what the flower is to me but I'll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it - I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers. - Georgia O'Keeffe
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