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Transcript of Georgia O'keeffe
At the start of her career she put all of her paintings into one room to examine them. She destroyed them all as she thought they did not express her but someone else.
When she started over she won many awards and featured in multiple shows at Stieglitz's galleries and major museums.
She begun Painting flowers in 1918 and started painting magnified flowers in 1924 after she and Stieglitz got married.
From 1918 to 1935 she produces over 200 paintings many of which in 1925 were included in the "Seven Americans" show organised by Stieglitz.
In 1945 Her husband died and she moved to new Mexico which she had been visiting every summer before hand. Her Inspiration Georgia O'Keeffe's inspiration was mainly in her surroundings of where she was. She often related her paintings to her environment or personal experiences.
She painted her first large scale painting called Petunia number 2 after she got married to Alfred Stieglitz. He also often took her to his family home in Lake George in The Adirondack Mountains. There she created many paintings of the countryside.
Being the wife of a famous photographer she was introduced to many of his friends like Arthur Dove, Charles DeMuth, and Paul Strand all effecting her artwork. Georgia O'Keeffe's Style In the early years of her career she painted with charcoal drawings in black and white. Her first showing was when Alfred Stieglitz saw her art and instantly showed it at his well known gallery. (without her permission) The follwing year he said to Georgia O'Keeffe she could paint anything she wanted and it was paintings. She painted flowers, all types of flowers and after she and Stieglitz were married she painted her first large scale painting. It was still flowers just magnified on to a certain area or sometimes the whole thing. She always matched the colours of the flower. Petunia no.2, 1925. lake George, 1924. Critique Philosophy Georgia O'Keeffe was most famous for her magnified flower paintings and dried bones. She saw something in flowers that most people would ignore because we don't have the time. The reason she painted flowers so big was because she wanted people to stop and take time to look, specifically the everyday NewYorker. So she painted what she saw in flowers and that way people would stop and see what she saw in flowers. This painting has used warm colours such as red, orange, yellow and pink. It is a combination of a secondary colour (orange), primary colours (red and yellow), and a tint (pink from red and white)
The warm colours make the painting seem lighter and more luminous. Warm colours also are associated with happier feelings. Colour Line The lines in this painting are all curving outwards or up. They create an effect where it looks like the flower is blooming. Value The yellow in this paintings is bright making this a very light painting. However there are still dark edges in the red parts of the painting giving it a shadow. Canna red and orange, 1926.
This is another example of one of Georgia O'Keeffe's warm coloured paintings. Red Canna, 1924. www.georgiaokeeffe.net
www.metmuseum.org Resources for images and information Another example of similar lines. light Iris, 1924. Pink tulip, 1926.
A painting that is also luminous. Shape Form Size Space The shapes in this painting are long and thin. The shapes also flow with one another in and out of themselves. All of the space is occupied with colour or petals. There are layers in this painting, as you go higher more layers are added on but with no true clear top layer. The shadows and darker colours around the edges of the lower and upper petals gives the painting a 3-d effect. As are a lot of her most famous paintings, this flower has been magnified to a partilcular spot of the flower. This flower is more compact down the bottom but spreads out at the top.