Ink and watercolor on 9″ x 12″ watercolor paper
The latest addition to the ‘She Changed the World’ collection!
Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) is one of the most important artists of modern times and is recognized as the Mother of American modernism. After a brief time in art school, she worked as a commercial artist, then spent several years teaching art. During this time she was introduced to the philosophies of Arthur Wesley Dow, who felt that a study of style towards interpreting a subject was more important than trying to represent them. This created a major shift in her work, leading her more towards abstraction than representation.
Her floral close-ups created a stir as many felt the pieces were a representation of female genitalia and sexuality, which she consistently denied. In 1929 she began spending more time in the American Southwest, which served as inspiration for her notable paintings of New Mexico landscapes and animal skulls. She spent the rest of her life there creating paintings that are still revered by collectors, museums and appreciators around the world. In 2014 one of her paintings sold for $44,405.000, tripling the previous world auction record by any female artist.