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Georgia O'Keeffe

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Arnold A. Newman, 3 Mar 1918 - 6 Jun 2006
Georgia O'Keeffe, 15 Nov 1887 - 6 Mar 1986
Gelatin silver print
Image: 57.6 x 38.6cm (22 11/16 x 15 3/16")
Sheet: 60.4 x 50.3cm (23 3/4 x 19 13/16")
Mat: 91.4 x 66cm (36 x 26")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Arnold Newman
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© Arnold Newman
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Born Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Georgia O’Keeffe first traveled to New Mexico in 1929 and moved there permanently in 1949, following the death of her husband, Alfred Stieglitz. Although she achieved early success as a modernist painter living in the East, the landscape of the desert Southwest gave O’Keeffe her greatest inspiration. She painted familiar subjects such as flowers, adobe buildings, and objects found on walks around her remote home. Yet she did so in a unique way, often transforming common items into colorful abstractions with an emphasis on form and line. By the late 1940s O’Keeffe was one of the best-known and original artists in America. An admirer once commented that she was like “the unflickering flame of a candle, steady, serene, softly brilliant,” adding that she “faces the world unconcernedly ‘as is.’”
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National Portrait Gallery
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