Presentation on theme: "When Georgia was in the eighth grade she asked a daughter of a farm employee what she was going to do when she grew up. The girl said she didn't know."— Presentation transcript:
When Georgia was in the eighth grade she asked a daughter of a farm employee what she was going to do when she grew up. The girl said she didn't know. Georgia replied very definitely... "...I am going to be an artist!"--"I don't really know where I got my artist idea...I only know that by that time it was definitely settled in my mind."
By 17, O’Keeffe was an accomplished artist. She studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago. She taught art in Texas, then headed off to Columbia Teachers College in New York.
In 1912, one of Georgia’s sisters took her to meet Arthur Dow and she was inspired by his innovative style. She was influenced by Asian Art.
Composition... expresses the idea upon which the method here presented is founded - the "putting together" of lines, masses and colors to make a harmony.... Composition, building up of harmony, is the fundamental process in all the fine arts.... A natural method is of exercises in progressive order, first building up very simple harmonies... Such a method of study includes all kinds of drawing, design and painting. It offers a means of training for the creative artist, the teacher or one who studies art for the sake of culture.
Early in 1916, Anita Pollitzer took some of Georgia's drawings to Alfred Stieglitz's 291 gallery. He was to exclaim, "At last, a woman on paper!". He told Anita the drawings were the "purest, finest, sincerest things that had entered 291 in a long while.", and that he would like to show them.
Steiglitz pioneered the art of photography, and single-handedly introduced America to the works of Picasso, Matisse, and Cezanne at the gallery...along with publishing his well respected "Camera Works" magazine.