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Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life by Roxana Robinson

Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life

by Roxana Robinson

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One of the most well researched books on the life of Georgia O'Keeffe. It was instructive as a text on the people she knew, her interactions with them as well as a well written general biography. The author dealt with conflicts frankly and laid out her cases succinctly. She leaves the reader with the idea that O'Keeffe was a loner who proved that women could be successful in the 20th century, especially as an artist. I think that I'll read another book to get another perspective, though. ( )
  buffalogr | Mar 23, 2014 |
Clear, lucid, understanding and thoroughly researched biography. Roxana Robinson sheds full light on the complex nuances of the long life and career of O’Keeffe (1887-1986). A career which intertwined with the history and art of the twentieth century.
O’Keeffe’s life spanned nearly a century of change in America. Although she was part of the modernist movement, she established her own unique vision. She can be called a pioneer who worked in her own style and on her own terms. Perhaps O’Keeffe’s most significant contribution to art history was her unique approach to abstraction and her use of flamboyant color. Photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz whom she married in 1924, was important for her development as an artist. She was also deeply influenced by feminist thought, having experienced the early suffrage movement before World War I. And she believed in her own unique sense of her talent which she put down in her paintings.
Robinson structures her research in the following parts:
Part I: 1887-1902. Sun prairie: the wide and generous land.
Part II: 1903-1918. Distant skies: explorations and initiations
Part III: 1919-1928. An ordered life: Manhattan and Lake George
Part IV: 1929-1946. A fair division: New York and New Mexico
Part V: 1947-1972. A peaceful life: the land of shining Stone
Part VI: 1973-1986. The dying of the light ( )
  timswings | Feb 3, 2013 |
VG copy in VG DJ
  Hawken04 | Nov 17, 2012 |
a excellent biography of ms o'keeffe ( )
  michaelbartley | Jan 15, 2011 |
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This biography draws on many sources closed to writers during O'Keeffe's lifetime and has the co-operation of the O'Keeffe family. Her life spanned nearly a century of ferment and change in America and although part of the modernist movement she established her own unique vision. She was deeply influenced by feminist thought, having experience the early suffrage movement before World War I. During the next wave of feminist thought in the seventies, she was hailed as a heroine.

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A biography of Georgia, who established her own vision and remained in the forefront of American art through her life.

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