Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum has contributed approximately 800 images of work by the artist to the Artstor Digital Library.
The selection provides a survey of the artist’s output — paintings, drawings, and sculpture dating from 1901 to 1984. It presents the arc of her oeuvre, from her early experiments with abstraction to mature pieces produced in New York and New Mexico. Subjects include the artist’s iconic flowers and bleached desert skulls, as well as nudes, landscapes, cityscapes, still lifes, and her highly innovative abstractions. While in New York from 1918 to 1929, O’Keeffe (1887–1986) developed her iconic approach to image making, which synthesized her fascination with abstraction and her profound appreciation of nature in large-format, close-up representations of flowers, leaves, shells, and other natural forms. Starting in 1929, O’Keeffe also began painting part of the year in New Mexico, where she would settle permanently in 1949. The rugged, exotically colored landscape, found objects (particularly animal bones), and distinctive architectural forms of northern New Mexico became integral subjects in her work there.
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is dedicated to perpetuating the legacy of the artist and to the study and interpretation of American modernism (1890s to present). Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the museum is the largest single repository of O’Keeffe’s work, and it includes the residential buildings that housed her home and studio. In 2001, the museum opened the Georgia O’Keeffe Research Center, which sponsors the study of American modernism in the fields of architecture and design, art history, literature, music, and photography, and maintains a library and archives.
In 2006, the collection expanded dramatically when The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation transferred its remaining holdings to the Museum. These include nearly 1000 works by O’Keeffe: paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs, in addition to more than 1500 photographs by various professionals, of O’Keeffe and the events and individuals that shaped her life.
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