top of page

She moved to New York in 1918 at Stieglitz's request and began working seriously as an artist. They developed a professional relationship and a personal relationship that led to their marriage in 1924. O'Keeffe created many forms of abstract art, including close-ups of flowers, such as the Red Canna paintings, that many found to represent female genitalia although O'Keeffe consistently denied that intention. The imputation of the depiction of women's sexuality was also fueled by explicit and sensuous photographs that Stieglitz had taken and exhibited of O'Keeffe. O'Keeffe and Stieglitz lived together in New York until 1929, when O'Keeffe began spending part of the year in the Southwest, which served as inspiration for her paintings of New Mexico landscapes and images of animal skulls, such as Cow's Skull: Red, White, and Blue and Ram's Head White Hollyhock and Little Hills. After Stieglitz's death, she lived permanently in New Mexico at Georgia O'Keeffe Home and Studio in Abiquiú, until the last years of her life when she lived in Santa Fe.

Georgia Totto O'Keeffe (* 15 November 1887 in Sun Prairie, Dane County, Wisconsin; † 6 March 1986 in Santa Fe, New Mexico) is one of the best-known US women painters of the 20th century.
She was known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes. O'Keeffe has been recognized as the "Mother of American modernism".
In 1905, O'Keeffe began her serious formal art training at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and then the Art Students League of New York, but she felt constrained by her lessons that emphasised the recreation or copying of nature. In 1908, unable to fund further education, she worked for two years as a commercial illustrator and then taught in Virginia, Texas, and South Carolina between 1911 and 1918. During that time, she studied art during the summers between 1912 and 1914 and was introduced to the principles and philosophies of Arthur Wesley Dow, who created works of art based upon personal style, design, and interpretation of subjects, rather than trying to copy or represent them. This caused a major change in the way she felt about and approached art, as seen in the beginning stages of her watercolors from her studies at the University of Virginia and more dramatically in the charcoal drawings that she produced in 1915 that led to total abstraction. Alfred Stieglitz, an art dealer and photographer, held an exhibit of her works in 1917. Over the next couple of years, she taught and continued her studies at the Teachers College, Columbia University in 1914 and 1915.


Georgia O'Keeffe


Oil on linen, 177,8 x 212,1 cm
 Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, USA 
 Gift of Eli Lilly and Company
 © Bridgeman Images
 Georgia O'Keeffe © Bildrecht, Wien 2021

213 | Jimson Weed, 1936-1937

Oil on canvas, 101,6 x 76,2 cm
 Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, PA, USA 
 Bequest of Georgia O'Keeffe for Alfred Steiglitz Coll, 1987 
 © Bridgeman Images
 Georgia O'Keeffe © Bildrecht, Wien 2021

214 | Two Calla Lilies on Pink (Zwei Calla-Lilien auf Pink), 1928

Oil on canvas, 121,9 x 101,6 cm
 Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, USA 
 © Fine Art Images – ARTOTHEK
 Georgia O'Keeffe © Bildrecht, Wien 2021

215 | Jimson Weed, White Flower No. 1 (Stechapfel, Weiße Blume Nr. 1), 1932

Oil on canvas, 101,3 x 91,1 cm
 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
 © Bridgeman Images
 Georgia O'Keeffe © Bildrecht, Wien 2021

216 | Cow‘s Skull: Red, White and Blue (Kuhschädel: Rot, Weiß und Blau), 1931

Oil on canvas, 48,3 x 40,6 cm
 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, USA
 Geschenk von Jean H. McDonald.
 © akg-images
 Georgia O'Keeffe © Bildrecht, Wien 2021

217 | White Bird of Paradise (Weißer Paradiesvogel), 1939



Be one of the owners of this limited edition and buy one of the 3333 hand signed books along with your NFT!

bottom of page