Who Was She?
Georgia O’Keeffe was born November 15, 1887 and lived to be almost 99 years old. Her large-scale floral paintings were a sensation in New York in the late teens and the 1920s and they continue to be much beloved. Her first solo show at the 291 gallery in New York City, owned by her future husband Alfred Stieglitz, was in April 1917 and for the next seven decades of her life, she was one of the most loved female artists, (nay, one of the most loved artists), of the 20th century.
Though best known for her magnified flower paintings, Georgia also created intriguing New York cityscapes and many paintings of her home in New Mexico, after 1929. She was a fiercely independent spirit, purchasing her own automobile in 1929 and the first woman to ever have a retrospective of her work held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Her stubborn, distinctive style is still a favorite of amateur and trained art lovers alike but it’s important to remember what a breakout talent she was for her time. Though often copied, Georgia was a true original.
Girls’ Night Out
Inspired partly by Georgia’s own affinity for black and partly by her vibrant, floral paintings, this outfit is chic and feminine. An edgy, cropped black blazer and black skinny jeans help the sheer, boatneck floral shirt to pop even more. A bangle filled with real flowers sets off the look perfectly.
Georgia didn’t drink much but this Creme de Violette cocktail is the perfect complement to her beautiful, flower-filled works of art.
Happy 127th Birthday, Georgia!