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GEORGIA O'KEEFFE AND HER UNIQUE ARTISTIC VISION Bernard Allan Thursday 17 October 2019

Encouraged by photographer and gallery owner, Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe abandoned her teaching career to eventually become one of America’s most popular artists, with an international reputation. She is best-known for her dramatic, and sometimes controversial, pictures of flowers in which she enlarged the smallest of petals to fill the entire canvas and arrest the viewer’s attention. Her legacy of some 900 paintings, also embraces New York’s skyscrapers, her almost abstract treatment of Lake George’s landscape and the sun-bleached animal bones depicted against the rugged New Mexico landscape. After visiting New Mexico regularly from 1929 it became her permanent home from 1949. Here she worked right up to the end of her life; she died at 98. Throughout this long and productive career, she was conscious of European avant-garde trends in art, but remained faithful to her own unique vision of the natural world.