|No. 13 Special, 1916-17,|
|Georgia O'Keeffe, 1918,|
Photo by Alfred Stieglitz
Just before WW I she went to New York to attend Columbia Teachers College. There a friend showed some of her work to an art gallery owner specializing in unconventional artists. He was impressed and included some of her paintings in an exhibit. She was outraged, but soon they became friends. They were married in 1924. She was 37, he was 60. Her name was Georgia O'Keeffe, his, Alfred Stieglitz. In 1929, she began spending summers in New Mexico and winters in New York, bringing to the big city southwestern images painted on an immense scale. As her work developed, her hot New Mexico landscapes, animal sculls, and enormous florals began to abstract into a female iconography that brought her fame both in New York and New Mexico. Having a top New York gallery owner/husband to promote her work didn't hurt either.
|Ram's Head, 1935, Georgia O'Keeffe|
|White 20 Flower, Georgia O'Keeffe|