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Georgia O'Keeffe

Nationality: American

Born: Sun Prairie 1887

Died: Santa Fe 1986

Bio: Georgia O'Keeffe is associated with the imitative realism movement. Some of her better-known works are include White Trumpet Flower and Iris.

In the early part of 1916, a friend showed some of Georgia's drawings to Alfred Stieglitz's 291 gallery. He apparently said that the drawings were the "purest, finest, sincerest things that had entered 291 in a long time."

Stieglitz exhibited 10 of her drawings. O'Keeffe only learned about it through an acquaintance. She confronted Stieglitz for the first time over the drawings but later agreeing to let him exhibit them. Stieglitz encouraged Georgia to return to New York but by his time he had fallen in love with her. In 1918 she returned to New York and Stieglitz...and became one of the most important American female artists of her time.

In 1972 Georgia stopped painting, at 84 she lost her central vision and in her late 90's became increasing frail and moved back to Santa Fe. She died on the 6th March 1986 at the age of 98 years.


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