I nominate as my 8th Woman of Substance Georgia O'Keeffe for having the courage to stay true to her own artistic vision independent of the dominant trends of early 20th century art.

She began her career in June of 1918 encouraged by the famed photographer and avant- garde gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz. From then until his death in 1946 Stieglitz promoted her work and introduced her to distinguished early modernists like Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, Paul Strand and Edward Steichen. Their discussions about art influenced and validated Okeefe's work.

Her subjects  of interest were landscapes, flowers and bones studied over extended periods, sometimes decades. Time in which she allowed herself to discover in their forms their abstract qualities. Gifted with exceptionally keen powers of observation and great dexterity in her hands she was able to record, like no other,  the minute details, the veils of color and light that reveal to us the shape of things.

She said of her work: I'll paint what I see...I'll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it."

Indeed , O'keeffe's work takes us in to the folds of a flower or in to the hollow of a bone distorting the scale so completely that we become totally engulfed by their form.

 

           

 

 

 

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