"Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not."
Recognized as one of the great artists of the 20th century, OíKeeffe crossed many borders as woman and painter. Best known for her iconic images of natural forms, she was drew abstract undertones from simple subjects.Ý
OíKeeffe showed talent early and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York.Ý Disillusioned with academic realism, she returned to painting only after exposure to the avant-garde teachings of Arthur Wesley Dow, who encouraged expression through harmonious designs of line, color, and shape.
OíKeeffe was potent voice in American art from the early 1920s when she moved to New York at the behest of 291 Gallery owner and future husband, Alfred Stieglitz.Ý Encouraged by her contemporaries, she undertook her first large-scale painting of a flower in 1924 (Petunia, No. 2), quickly finding an international following. Shortly after the death of Stieglitz in 1946, OíKeeffe moved to New Mexico and continued to create until her death at 98.