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How Georgia Became O'Keeffe: Lessons on the Art of Livingby Karen Karbo
How OKeeffe Became Herself
In the art world, critics remain divided over whether OKeeffe was a genius or merely an energetic fetishist who pressed upon us, year after year, her sexy yin and yang paintings of calla lilies, sweet peas, the various chalk white bones of horses and cows, mysterious doorways, and adobe walls. What remains indisputable, however, is her genius for navigating the waters of her own vision, for discovering it, nurturing it, and never abandoning it. At a time when women still didnt have the right to vote, when their life goal was marriage to pretty much anyone who would have them, OKeeffe was having none of it. She had better fish to fry. How, we may ask, did she catch these all-important fish?
She wrote letters
I realize I may as well be suggesting that you take up whittling, but the fact remains that one of the best ways to figure out what youre all about is to write letters. . . .
She found a devotee
One of the reasons OKeeffe was able to flaunt the conventions of Canyon with such confidence and ease is because she had Stieglitz rooting her on from New York. . . . .
She defied all accepted conventions of feminine beauty
With her fabulous raw-boned frame, snaggly brows, and schoolmarms bun, her black vestments, mans shoes, and odd assortment of hats and turbans, OKeeffe was out there. There was no like her, then or ever. . . .
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