Artist Georgia O'keefe Focusing On Her Art Work “the Shelton With Sunpots, 1926”

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Georgia O'Keefe focusing on her art works “The Shelton with Sunpots, 1926”

Georgia O'Keefe focusing on her art works “The Shelton with Sunpots, 1926”

Thesis Statement

Georgia O'Keefe blends abstraction and representation to form what she refers to as "that memory or dream thing".


O'Keeffe is arguably the first American to develop a style of abstraction that is not directly derived from European models. She gives a homegrown abstraction that comes from close observation of nature and not fantasy. But what he paints is a world that existed before he painted it, that is, paints a personal vision more than a thing or object. And in the process reveals new edges of vision, as Precisionists of the twenties, but with a different emphasis. O'Keeffe never removes personal vision. Her work is powerful partially, if not mostly, due to her use of color and her integration of photographic effects. (Dingus 2007)

She created works which were full of emotion and from which deeper meanings could be interpreted, such as sexuality and statements of femininity (which she subsequently denied). She worked on two distinct but inter-related topics: Abstraction, and countrysides. (O'Keefe 2008)


She used color as emotion, searching for perfect colors to represent her forms was very important to her. O'Keefe's also took photographic advancements of her time, and adapted them to suit and enhance her paintings; transferred such innovations as lens flare, panoramic lens, and halation to medium of paint. Through use of all these techniques and focuses she fought to make known unknown.

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O'Keeffe was established as an important figure in American art, first as a member of the Alfred Stieglitz Circle "of modern artists in New York, including Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley and John Marin. Although O'Keeffe's work is aligned with some of the major figures of twentieth century modernism, European and American, as Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Ellsworth Kelly, she is known for firm remains true to its own vision unique among the many changes of the artistic trends of the moment. Since his death in 1986, its importance, prominence and influence have continued to grow, the establishment of O'Keeffe as an artist of great importance.

The exhibition also includes a large selection of photographs of O'Keeffe taken at the beginning of her life for her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, and images of Todd Webb making later in life. This extraordinary presentation of paintings and photographs offers a rare opportunity to see life and work of one of America's foremost artists. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated book co-published by Skira, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Vancouver Art Gallery, with essays by Yvonne Scott Achille Bonito Oliva and Richard D. Marshall. (Sterling 2006)

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Throughout her career, there is on objective that O'Keefe admittedly pursued in all her works: to find unknown and make it known. She developed as the woman and an artist in early 1920's, the time when women artists were ...
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