The first time I cam across Georgia O’Keeffe’s Summer Days, painted in 1936, I became a touch obsessed with her body of work. Her paintings have a way of resonating even 100 years later. Summer Days is a painting featuring a deer’s skull adorned with various wildflowers, against a desert background and has become one of her most famous and well-known works. O’Keeffe’s New Mexico paintings coincided with a growing interest in regional scenes by American Modernists seeking a distinctive view of America.
Seeking to find a personal visual language through which she could express her feelings and ideas, she began a series of abstract charcoal drawings in 1915 that represented a radical break with tradition and made O’Keeffe one of the very first American artists to practice pure abstraction.
O’Keeffe mailed some of these highly abstract drawings to a friend in New York City, who showed them to Alfred Stieglitz. An art dealer and internationally known photographer, he was the first to exhibit her work in 1916. He would eventually become O’Keeffe’s husband.
Below is Shell No. 1 1928.
Georgia O’Keefe, also known as the “Mother of American Modernism” was born in 1887 and died at 99years old at 1986. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1905-1906 and the Art Students League in New York in 1907-1908.
100 years later and O’Keeffe still has a strong female mystic which surrounds her and inspires other artists and creators of our time. She was very much ahead of her time and hence, why she is this weeks Modern Muse.
Below is an amazing little video for those who want to know more xx