― Quotes by Georgia O’Keeffe
Oh how I would have loved to have met Georgia O’Keeffe. From what I’ve learned about her over the years, she was an inspiring bad-ass of a woman.
And now some of her works are being installed in Denver for an exhibition coming at the end of this month. I am giddy.
One of the greatest American artists of the 20th century and the very first female American Modernist painter, O’Keeffe didn’t play by any established rules. She made her own. Gotta love that.
She was born in Wisconsin in 1887 and knew and told others that she wanted to be an artist by the eighth grade. (And now that I too am obsessed with Downton Alley, I’m picturing O’Keeffe starting her career during that period since the dates are close. This makes her even more inspiring to me.)
I had the great pleasure of seeing the largest collection of her work in the world years ago at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe. I remember one painting so huge – an entire wall – of rich, vivid clouds that it literally took my breath away. (She said she painted her skies and clouds so large so the world would see them the way she did.)
A college friend gave me a print of her Music in Pink and Blue (top painting in post) which was proudly displayed in every college house where I lived.