Georgia O’Keeffe

When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.” Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the most significant and intriguing artists of the twentieth century, known internationally for her boldly innovative art. She avoided conforming to the new art fads, and she created a series of timeless pieces as a result. Her distinct flowers, dramatic cityscapes, and images of bones against the stark desert sky are original contributions to American Modernism. In the 1950s, O’Keeffe began to travel internationally. She created paintings that evoked a sense of the spectacular in the places she visited, including the mountain peaks of Peru and the grand Mount Fuji in Japan. I think Terry Tempest Williams said it best in the description that her boldly original American works were done in such vivid hues “as to startle the senses.”