For seven decades, Georgia O'Keeffe (1887–1986) was a major figure in American art. Remarkably, she remained independent from shifting art trends and stayed true to her own vision, which was based on finding the essential, abstract forms in nature.
In 1972, O'Keeffe lost much of her eyesight due to macular degeneration, leaving her with only peripheral vision. She stopped oil painting without assistance in 1972. In the 1970s, she made a series of works in watercolor. Her autobiography, Georgia O'Keeffe, published in 1976 was a best seller.
Sky Above Clouds IV (1965)
O'Keefe, suffering from blindness due to macular degeneration, would make her last unassisted oil painting in 1972.
She quit painting three times in her life.
In the early 1930s, a nervous breakdown led to her hospitalization, and caused her to set aside her brushes for more than a year. In the years leading up to her death in 1986, failing eyesight forced O'Keeffe to give up painting entirely.
O'Keeffe decided to become an artist at the age of twelve, and during her long career — she lived to be ninety-nine years old! — she made more than two hundred paintings of flowers. Some of her favorite subjects were lilacs, daisies, irises, petunias, calla lilies, orchids, sun- flowers, roses, and jack-in-the-pulpits.
The American artist Georgia O'Keeffe is best known for her close-up, or large-scale flower paintings, which she painted from the mid-1920s through the 1950s. She made about 200 paintings of flowers of the more than 2,000 paintings that she made over her career.
O'Keeffe's facility with a variety of media—pastel, charcoal, watercolor, and oil—combined with her sense for line, color, and composition to produce deceptively simple works. Her confidence in handling these elements makes her style of painting look effortless.
A floral painting by the late US artist Georgia O'Keeffe has sold for $44.4m (£28.8m) at auction, setting a record for an artwork by a female artist. The piece smashes the previous record of $11.9m (£7.5m) for an untitled work by Joan Mitchell, set in May.
Georgia O'Keeffe's work has been offered at auction multiple times, with realized prices ranging from $10 USD to $44,405,000 USD, depending on the size and medium of the artwork. Since 1998 the record price for this artist at auction is $44,405,000 USD for JIMSON WEED/WHITE FLOWER NO.
Born in 1887, Georgia O'Keeffe was an American artist who painted nature in a way that showed how it made her feel. She is best known for her paintings of flowers and desert landscapes.
Her work can be found at the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Centre Pompidou, and other major museums around the world. O'Keeffe holds the record for the highest price paid for painting by a woman; Sotheby's sold her Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 for $44.4 million in 2014.
Though she painted mostly in oils, O'Keeffe experimented with multiple media throughout her career, including charcoal, watercolors and pastels. But, pastels would be the only medium other than oil that she turned to regularly over the years.
Georgia O'Keeffe, (born November 15, 1887, near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, U.S.—died March 6, 1986, Santa Fe, New Mexico), American painter who was among the most influential figures in Modernism, best known for her large-format paintings of natural subjects, especially flowers and bones, and for her depictions of New ...
1] Georgia O'Keeffe is one of the most significant artists of the 20th century, renowned for her contribution to modern art. Born on November 15, 1887, the second of seven children, Georgia Totto O'Keeffe grew up on a farm near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.
In 1936, Georgia O'Keeffe finished her oil painting, Summer Days, which came to be known as one of her most famous works.
She would often use bright blues, yellows, greens, reds, and purples. She often painted using flat color, emphasizing the shape of her subject rather than three-dimensional form. Her paintings convey an even lighting, as though everything is painted at high noon.
Georgia O'Keeffe: Watercolors catalogs nearly 50 watercolors created by O'Keeffe between 1916 and 1918, while she lived and taught in Canyon, Texas.
But one question has dogged her work for decades: are her flower paintings of vaginas? The easy answer is no. The first person to describe O'Keeffe's abstracts and flower paintings as ladybits was her own husband, the photographer Alfred Stieglitz.
What is gouache? Gouache paint is a mixture of natural or synthetic pigments, water and gum arabic, which essentially acts as a binding agent. In some gouache paints chalk is added to give the paint additional body.
A primary difference between the two paints is that gouache is more opaque than watercolor. When a layer of watercolor is applied, the white paper and any preliminary drawings underneath will show through, whereas when a layer of gouache is applied, the paper will not show through nearly as much.
At an auction held at Christie's New York in 2016 during a contemporary art event, Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci turned into the most expensive painting ever sold, selling for $450 million at the end of a nineteen-minute bidding war.