Georgia O'Keeffe

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Georgia O'Keeffe in 1950
Blue and Green, 1921

Georgia O’Keeffe (November 15 1887 – March 6 1986) was an American artist. She was born near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, U.S.[1] O'Keeffe studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago, Art Students' League, University of Virginia, Charlottesville and Teachers College.[2]

She is mainly known for her modernist paintings. These paintings use both abstract and concrete elements.

  • Concrete means that objects can be recognized. For example, she painted flowers, rocks, shells, animal bones and landscapes.
  • Abstract means that there may be colors and forms, but nothing real can be seen in the pictures.

Auction record[change | change source]

O'Keefe holds the world auction record for a painting by a woman (November 2014). Her Jimson Weed/White Flower No 1 sold for $44.4m (£28.8m) at the O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which has many of the artist's works.[3] O'Keeffe's large-format depictions of flowers which she painted as if they had been seen in close-up. Sotheby's in New York said the $15m (£9.5m) estimate on O'Keeffe's work was shattered by intense bidding between two rivals.

References[change | change source]

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  3. Georgia O'Keeffe painting sets auction record for female artist. BBC News. The report is followed by comments by Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor. [1]