Today is the birthday of an American artist Georgia Totto O'Keeffe (November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986). She made large-format paintings of enlarged blossoms, presenting them close up as if seen through a magnifying lens, and New York buildings, most of which date from the same decade. Born near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, O'Keeffe first came to the attention of the New York art community in 1916, several decades before women had gained access to art training in America’s colleges and universities. Beginning in 1929, when she first began working part of the year in Northern New Mexico—which she made her permanent home in 1949—O’Keeffe depicted subjects specific to that area. Presenting some Quotations : Being Poet
- Marks on paper are free—free speech—press—pictures all go together I suppose.
- I hate flowers—I paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move.
- I don't very much enjoy looking at paintings in general. I know too much about them. I take them apart.
- One can not be an American by going about saying that one is an American. It is necessary to feel America, like America, love America and then work.
- Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression. It is so spontaneous. And after singing, I think the violin. Since I cannot sing, I paint.
- Before I put a brush to canvas, I question, "Is this mine?... Is it influenced by some idea which I have acquired from some man?"... I am trying with all my skill to do a painting that is all of women, as well as all of me.