Georgia O’Keeffe was born on November 15, 1887. She was the second of seven children. Georgia didn’t grow up with just her mom and dad; her aunt mostly raised her. Georgia did not care much for her aunt though; she once referred to her as, “the headache of my life.” She did although have some respect for her aunt and her strict and self disciplines way of life.
Georgia grew up spoiled; she did very little around the house and always wanted things her way. At a young age Georgia began taking private art lessons out of her home. This is when she learned exactly what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. When Georgia was in the eighth grade she told people, “I am going to be an artist.” Just after that she entered the Sacred Heart Academy, which was an art school in Madison, Wisconsin.
After her family moved and Georgia had attended many different schools a teacher named Elizabeth Willis encouraged her to work from home, where she could express herself more. In 1905 Georgia received her diploma and moved to Chicago to live her aunt and attend the Art Institute of Chicago, for only one year though. In 1907 she enrolled at the Art Student League in New York City. In 1912, when she attended a class at the University of Virginia Summer School, where she was introduced to the cutting edge ideas of Arthur Wesley Dow by Alon Bement.
Dow’s teachings encouraged artists to express themselves through harmonious designs of line, color, and shape, and they strongly influenced O’Keeffe’s thinking about the process of making art. In 1924, O’Keeffe and Stieglitz married. After Stieglitz’s death in 1946, O’Keeffe spent the next three years mostly in New York settling his estate, and in 1949 she moved to New Mexico permanently.
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