Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) is an American painter who was born in Wisconsin, studied art in Chicago and New York, but is probably best known for her work in New Mexico. She started going there in 1929 during the winter months and eventually made it her permanent home in 1949. She is considered by many to be America's first abstract painter. Having been an art history student, the painting that I associate her with the most is the ram's skull in front of a New Mexico landscape. The painting is actually called Ram's Head, White Hollyhock-Hills(I had to look it up) and was painted in 1935. Many love the way she captured nature in all it's beauty, whether it was flowers in the desert or animal bones. She was definitely an interesting figure in the art world. If you're Interested in learning more about her, our catalogue has many items about O'Keeffe. Better yet, if you're feeling inspired to paint in her style, Lillan H Smith branch has a very popular program returning on Wednesday April 24th between 2-4pm titled Watercolour for Beginners. Instructor Asha will be guiding participants in the basics of painting in watercolours and this time around it's in the style of Georgia O'Keeffe. Spots fill up fast so if you're interested you should register in advance by calling 416-393-7746.
Photo Above: Georgia O'Keeffe, hands 1918, photo by Alfred Stieglitz
Right: Ram's Head White Hollyhock-Hills. 1935 Oil on Canvas.