Georgia O’Keeffe

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Georgia O’Keeffe – outline biography

This art tutorial covers the life of the famous artist, American Painter Georgia O’Keeffe. She was a pioneer of modern American painting. Born in Wisconsin she lived a rural life style and attended art lessons in the nearby town. In 1908, not able to fund her further education, she took up work as a commercial illustrator in Chicago. Between 1911 and 1918 she taught art in Virginia, Texas, and South Carolina. However, the summers holidays of 1912 and 1914 she also studied art.  This period had a profound effect on her painting, because she was began to develop a personal style. Above all, the most important thing she learnt was the idea of interpreting a subject, rather than simply copying it.

This major change in her work can be seem, most importantly, in the charcoal drawings she produced in 1915. These drawings would lead her to almost total abstraction.  In 1917 the art dealer and photographer, Alfred Steiglitz held an exhibit of her paintings.  She later married Alfred Steiglitz and moved with him to New York. It was around this time Georgia O’Keeffe started painting close-up paintings of flowers. These would become the paintings for which she would become famous.

Much later, when her relationship with Steiglitz was under strain, so she moved to New Mexico. In Abiquiu, a small town in the New Mexico desert, her work developed. Here she painted the motifs of the desert and the landscape around her. She received many accolades for her pioneering work. But she was irritated for being called a great female artist, because as she said, ‘she was a great artist’. Simple as that.

The Georgia O’Keeffe Tutorial

At Art Tutorials Online we know the importance of learning about art history and the artists who created it. But we also know the importance of passion and individuality, because that’s what makes Georgia O’Keeffe’s art so unique. Our aim is to mix learning the facts about her life with a passion for her work. This is reflected in the presentation used in the art tutorials. We are sure that viewing this brilliant art tutorial of the fascinating life of Georgia O’Keeffe will have you enthralled. Let our brilliant teacher / artist, Paul Priestley take you on an artistic journey through O’Keeffe’s life. You will find it a very rewarding experience. This art video is designed for kids, children, schools and those interested in learning about modern American painting.

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Picture Credits:
Abiquiu Ghost Ranch By marcalandavis [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Ghost Range red rocks By Artotem from Here, There, and… (Ghost Ranch Valley Uploaded by PDTillman) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Chimney Rock Ghost ranch By Larry Lamsa (Ghost Ranch) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Colorado river rapids Carol M. Highsmith [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Abiquiu Lake and Abiquiu Lake and surrounding red rocks By The Casita del Lago (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Georgia O’Keeffe Alfred Stieglitz [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Goergia O’Keeffe’s Home and Studio – Architectural Digest
O’Keeffe and Hamilton – William Clift

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