PORTRAIT: GEORGIA O’KEEFFE
MATERIAL: Acrylic on canvas paper
SIZE: 21cm x 30cm (A4)
“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” Georgia O’Keeffe
GEORGIA O’KEEFFE – THE ARTIST
Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986) was an American artist best know for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers and New Mexico landscapes. She was one of the leading artist of the 20th century. There’s a Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe in United States.
With $44.4 million she holds the record of the most expensive art work (“Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1”, 1932. See it here.) sold in auction made by a woman. For comparison the most expensive art work sold in auction by male artist is $450 million (“Salvator Mundi” by Leonardo Da Vinci, 1500).
My portrait painting of her is based on this public domain photograph taken by her husband and manager Alfred Stieglitz in 1918.
GEORGIA O’KEEFFE AND ME
I haven’t seen Georgia O´Keeffe’s paintings YET in person. In 2012 there was a large exhibition of her work in HAM but I lived – and studied my M.A. – in Pori at the time. I wish there will be another chance to see her work in Finland or/and some day I want to make a trip to her museum in Santa Fe.