Georgia O'Keeffe

Born Nov 15, 1887

Georgia Totto O'Keeffe (November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986) was an American artist. Born near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, O'Keeffe first came to the attention of the New York art community in 1916. She made large-format paintings of enlarged blossoms, presenting them close up as if seen through a magnifying lens, and New York buildings, most of which date from the same decade. Beginning in 1929, when she began working part of the year in Northern New Mexico—which she made her permanent home in 1949—O’Keeffe depicted subjects specific to that area. O'Keeffe has been recognized as the Mother of American Modernism.… Read More

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1887 Birth Georgia O'Keeffe was born on November 15, 1887 in a farmhouse located at 2405 Hwy T in the town of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. … Read More


1901 13 Years Old O'Keeffe attended high school at Sacred Heart Academy in Madison, Wisconsin as a boarder between 1901 and 1902.
1902 14 Years Old In late 1902, the O'Keeffes moved from Wisconsin to the close-knit neighborhood of Peacock Hill in Williamsburg, Virginia.
1903 15 Years Old O'Keeffe stayed in Wisconsin with her aunt and attended Madison High School, then joined her family in Virginia in 1903.
1905 17 Years Old 1 More Event
She completed high school as a boarder at Chatham Episcopal Institute in Virginia (now Chatham Hall) and graduated in 1905. … Read More


In 1908, she won the League's William Merritt Chase still-life prize for her oil painting Dead Rabbit with Copper Pot. … Read More
1912 24 Years Old 1 More Event
She was inspired to paint again in 1912, when she attended a class at the University of Virginia Summer School, where she was introduced to the innovative ideas of Arthur Wesley Dow by Alon Bement. … Read More
1913 - 1915 2 More Events
1916 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 1916, he exhibited ten of her drawings at 291. … Read More


Beginning in 1918, O'Keeffe came to know the many early American modernists who were part of Stieglitz's circle of artists, including Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Paul Strand, and Edward Steichen. … Read More
1922 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1922, the New York Sun published an article quoting O'Keeffe: "It is only by selection, by elimination, and by emphasis that we get at the real meaning of things."
1923 35 Years Old Beginning in 1923, Stieglitz organized annual exhibitions of O'Keeffe's work. … Read More
1924 36 Years Old In 1924, Stieglitz's divorce was approved by a judge and, within four months, he and O'Keeffe married. … Read More


1928 40 Years Old Her work commanded high prices; in 1928, Stieglitz masterminded a sale of six of her calla lily paintings for US$25,000, which would have been the largest sum ever paid for a group of paintings by a living American artist. … Read More
By 1929, O'Keeffe acted on her increasing need to find a new source of inspiration for her work and to escape summers at Lake George, where she was surrounded by the Stieglitz family and their friends. … Read More
1932 44 Years Old Late in 1932, O'Keeffe suffered a nervous breakdown that was brought on, in part, because she was unable to complete a Radio City Music Hall mural project that had fallen behind schedule.
1933 45 Years Old 1 More Event
She was hospitalized in early 1933 and did not paint again until January 1934.


1940 52 Years Old In August of that year, she visited Ghost Ranch, north of Abiquiú, for the first time and decided immediately to live there; in 1940, she moved into a house on the ranch property. … Read More
1943 55 Years Old She often talked about her fondness for Ghost Ranch and Northern New Mexico, as in 1943, when she explained: "Such a beautiful, untouched lonely feeling place, such a fine part of what I call the 'Faraway'. … Read More
1945 57 Years Old 1 More Event
viewed from Ghost Ranch. This was a favorite subject for O'Keeffe, who once said, "It's my private mountain. It belongs to me. She traveled and camped there often with her friend, Maria Chabot, and in 1945 with Eliot Porter as well as in subsequent years, 1959, and 1977. … Read More
1946 58 Years Old 1 More Event
Shortly after O'Keeffe arrived for the summer in New Mexico in 1946, Stieglitz suffered a cerebral thrombosis. … Read More


1961 - 1970 4 More Events
1972 84 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1972, O'Keeffe's eyesight was compromised by macular degeneration, leading to the loss of central vision and leaving her with only peripheral vision.
1973 85 Years Old Juan Hamilton, a young potter, appeared at her ranch house in 1973 looking for work. … Read More
1976 88 Years Old In 1976, she wrote a book about her art and allowed a film to be made about her in 1977. … Read More
1977 89 Years Old In 1977, President Gerald R. Ford presented O'Keeffe with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor awarded to American civilians.
1984 96 Years Old She moved to Santa Fe in 1984, where she died on March 6, 1986 at the age of 98. … Read More
1985 97 Years Old In 1985, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts. … Read More
1986 98 Years Old Died on March 6, 1986.
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