Collage of shapes created from works by Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986). "If we understand Georgia O'Keeffe's intense emotional response to nature, we have a key to her art."
O'Keefe speaking of her earlier efforts at painting: It was all academic. You were taught to paint like somebody else. Made me not want to paint at all. You want to paint your own way.
While her work varied between literal portraits, abstractions and landscapes, O'Keeffe is still most identified by her flower paintings. In 2014 the Georgia O'Keefe Museum auctioned Jimson Weed/White Flower No.1 for $44 million dollars, the record for artwork by a female artist.
O'Keeffe's body of work, however, shows much more variety than the style she's most known for. Within her art and life, she was unapologetically true to her own vision. She remains one of the most important and innovative artists of the twentieth century.