Georgia O'Keeffe

Born Nov 15, 1887
Hometown United States
Died Mar 6, 1986
Death Place Santa Fe, New Mexico
Nationality United States
Other Names O'Keeffe, Georgia...

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 near 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 Fall 1902 the O'Keeffes moved from Wisconsin to the close-knit neighborhood of Peacock Hill in Williamsburg, Virginia.
1903 15 Years Old Georgia 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 25 Years Old She served as a teaching assistant to Bement during the summer from 1913–16 and taught at Columbia College, Columbia, South Carolina in the fall of 1915, where she completed a series of highly innovative charcoal abstractions.
After further course work at Columbia in the spring of 1916 and summer teaching for Bement, she took a job as head of the art department at West Texas State Normal College from fall 1916 to February 1918, the fledgling West Texas A&M University in Canyon just south of Amarillo. … Read More


1918 30 Years Old 1 More Event
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 finally 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 was 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 Abiquiu, for the first time and decided immediately to live there; in 1940, she purchased 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. 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.
1977 89 Years Old On January 10, 1977, President Gerald R. Ford presented O'Keeffe with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor awarded to American citizens.
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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