This November 15th marks the 126th year that Georgia O’Keeffe was born. By the time she turned 10, O’Keeffe knew she wanted to be an artist. A daughter of dairy farmers and the second of seven children, she moved from the bucolic settings of Wisconsin and eventually landed in New York, where her charcoal sketches caught the eye of photographer and art promoter Alfred Stieglitz. Although Stieglitz was 23 years her senior, the two quickly developed an inseparable bond and were married in 1924.
The couple explored and developed their art together, and it was during her time in New York that O’Keeffe produced her beautiful industrial landscapes, as well as her sexually charged floral renderings. But Stieglitz and O’Keeffe’s deep devotion to each other didn’t stop her from traveling and exploring on her own. Accompanying a friend on a trip to New Mexico, the American painter was changed forever when she saw the desert landscapes and its lively blue skies juxtaposed with the skeletal remains of animals. But for O’Keeffe, the seemingly contrary realities were in perfect symmetry to each other.