Creator: Lucia RM Martino Photographer  |  Credit: Smithsonian American Art Museum


"Famed for her images of flowers and Southwestern landscapes, Georgia O’Keeffe spent several years exploring the built environment of New York City with brush in hand. The artist first moved to the city’s newly built Shelton Hotel in 1924, then the tallest residential skyscraper in the world, and its soaring heights inspired a five-year period of energetic experimentation, across media and at a variety of scales, with subject matter, form, and perspective."

"Born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, in 1887, O’Keeffe spent her early decades in the Midwest and on the East Coast, studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1905 to 1906 and the following year at the Art Students League in Manhattan. Over the next decade, she threw herself into new experiences—particularly as an art teacher—and traveled the country in the process, based at times in New York, Virginia, South Carolina, and Texas. In 1918, persuaded by the photographer and gallerist Alfred Stieglitz, then her romantic partner and later her husband, O’Keeffe relocated to New York to focus on her own artistic career. The pair then settled into a new rhythm: From late fall through spring, they lived in Manhattan. Summer and early autumn were spent upstate at Lake George with Stieglitz’s extended family. O’Keeffe took occasional trips to paint elsewhere, but this back-and-forth between urban and rural New York persisted until 1929, when O’Keeffe added New Mexico to her seasonal itinerary."

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Pictured: Manhattan, Image Creator: Lucia RM Martino Photographer Credit: Smithsonian American Art Museum


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