Georgia O'Keeffe 1887-1986
Georgia O'Keeffe was born in Wisconsin in 1887. Even as young child O'Keefe wanted to become an artist. In 1905 O'Keeffe began taking art classes at The Art Institute of Chicago and then in 1915 took classes at the Teachers College of Columbia University. Georgia O'Keeffe first began her career in charcoal drawings, her first showing gained her the admiration of photographer Alfred Stieglitz who convinced her to come to New York and begin a full time career in art. The two were married and O'Keeffe became an inspiration for Stieglitz's photography. Georgia O'Keeffe is best known for her large-scale paintings of flowers "full of energy and erotic tension". Acclaimed for her ability to paint with such precision and intimacy, O'Keeffe is celebrated as one of the greatest modernist artist's of the 20th century.