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					Georgia O’Keefe
    Cow’s Skull
                  History
► Georgia O'Keeffe was born on November
  15, 1887, the second of seven children, and
  grew up on a farm in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
► O'Keeffe pursued studies at the Art Institute
  of Chicago (1905–1906) and at the Art
  Students League, New York (1907–1908)
  Train at
Night in the
  Desert
                  History
► While at the Art Students League she was
  quick to master the principles of the
  approach to art-making that then formed
  the basis of the curriculum—imitative
  realism
► In 1908, she won the League's William
  Merritt Chase still-life prize for her oil
  painting Untitled (Dead Rabbit with Copper
  Pot).
Dead Rabbit with Copper Pot
                  History
► Shortly  thereafter, however, O'Keeffe quit
  making art, saying later that she had known
  then that she could never achieve
  distinction working within this tradition.
► Alon Bement introduced O'Keeffe to the
  then revolutionary ideas of his colleague at
  Teachers College, artist and art educator
  Arthur Wesley Dow
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                    History
► Dow   believed that the goal of art was the
  expression of the artist's personal ideas and
  feelings and that such subject matter was best
  realized through harmonious arrangements of line,
  color, and notan
► As early as the mid-1920s, when O'Keeffe first
  began painting New York skyscrapers as well as
  large-scale depictions of flowers as if seen close
  up, which are among her best-known pictures, she
  had become recognized as one of America's most
  important and successful artists.
Lake George,
Coat and Red
Jack in the
  Pulpit
The Shell
Cow’s Skull with
 Calico Roses
► To me they are as
 beautiful as anything
 I know," Georgia
 O'Keeffe said of the
 sun-bleached bones
 and skulls she found
 in the desert
Cow’s Skull with
 Calico Roses
►   To me they are strangely
    more living than the
    animals walking
    around…. The bones
    seem to cut sharply to
    the center of something
    that is keenly alive on the
    desert even tho' it is vast
    and empty and
    untouchable
Cow’s Skull with
 Calico Roses

► exquisitely reproduce a
  skull's weathered
  surfaces, jagged edges,
  and irregular openings
► Rather than signifying
  death, O'Keeffe said that
  the bones symbolized the
  eternal beauty of the
  desert
Cow’s Skull with
 Calico Roses

► Later, she painted
  fanciful canvases that
  combined skeletal
  objects and landscape
  imagery in the same
  composition

				
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