Georgia O'Keeffe
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Georgia Totto O'Keeffe (1887 - 1986)

Georgia Totto O'Keeffe
Born in Sun Prairie, Dane, Wisconsin, United Statesmap
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Wife of — married 11 Dec 1924 in New York, USAmap
[children unknown]
Died in Santa Fe, New Mexico, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 23 Dec 2009 | Last significant change: 26 Jul 2021
20:16: Abby (Brown) Glann edited the Biography for Georgia Totto O'Keeffe (1887-1986). (adding temporary Featured Connections category) [Thank Abby for this]
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Famous American artist known especially for her flowers and rocks and bones inspired by her New Mexico home.

Biography

Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe (/ˈdʒɔɹ.dʒə əʊˈkiːf/) was born on November 15, 1887, in a farmhouse near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. She was the second of seven children. Her parents, Francis Calyxtus O'Keeffe and Ida (Totto) O'Keeffe, were dairy farmers. Her father was of Irish descent. Her mother's father, George Victor Totto, for whom Georgia O'Keeffe was named, was a Hungarian Count who came to America in 1848.

Dead Rabbit with Copper Pot

Although her family relocated to Virginia in 1902, O'Keeffe stayed in Wisconsin with her aunt, attending Madison Central High School before moving to Virginia in 1903. As a boarder at Chatham Episcopal Institute, O'Keeffe completed her high school education. She was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority when it had its Beta chapter at Chatham.

O'Keeffe studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1905 to 1906. In 1907, she attended the Art Students League in New York City, where she studied under William Merritt Chase. In 1908, she won the League's William Merritt Chase still-life prize for her oil painting Dead Rabbit with Copper Pot.

Early in 1916, Anita Pollitzer took some of Georgia's charcoal to Alfred Stieglitz at his 291 gallery. He told Pollitzer that the drawings were the "purest, finest, sincerest things that had entered 291 in a long while", and that he would like to show them.

Stieglitz and O'Keeffe corresponded frequently beginning in 1916, and in June 1918, she accepted Stieglitz's invitation to move to New York to devote all of her time to her work. The two were deeply in love, and shortly after her arrival, they began living together, even though the then-married Stieglitz was 23 years her senior.

Beginning in 1923, Stieglitz organized annual exhibitions of O'Keeffe's work. By the mid-1920s, O'Keeffe had become known as one of the most important American artists. Her work commanded high prices.

Sources

  • Wikipedia Georgia O'Keeffe
  • PBS American Masters Georgia O'Keeffe
  • "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMKC-1TR : accessed 7 June 2021), Georga O Keefe in household of Francis O Keefe, Sun Prairie township, Dane, Wisconsin, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 70, sheet 8A, family 142, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,784.
  • "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MPLQ-FJF : accessed 7 June 2021), Georgie O Keeffe in household of F O Keeffe, Williamsburg, Williamsburg (Independent City), Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 125, sheet 12A, family 230, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1636; FHL microfilm 1,375,645.
  • "United States Census, 1920", database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJBG-2CB : 2 February 2021), Georgia Okeefe, New York City, New York, United States, 1920.
  • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K7MJ-KC7 : 7 January 2021), Georgia O'Keefe in household of Alfred O'Keefe, New York City, New York County, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 31-1290, sheet 1A, line 3, family 2, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 2654.


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I see this is project protected, please consider adding these sources and their census categories. I didn't see 1930. The 1940 census lists Alfred as O'Keefe and their birthplaces are swapped?
  • "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMKC-1TR : accessed 7 June 2021), Georga O Keefe in household of Francis O Keefe, Sun Prairie township, Dane, Wisconsin, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 70, sheet 8A, family 142, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,784.
  • "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MPLQ-FJF : accessed 7 June 2021), Georgie O Keeffe in household of F O Keeffe, Williamsburg, Williamsburg (Independent City), Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 125, sheet 12A, family 230, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1636; FHL microfilm 1,375,645.
  • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K7MJ-KC7 : 7 January 2021), Georgia O'Keefe in household of Alfred O'Keefe, New York City, New York County, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 31-1290, sheet 1A, line 3, family 2, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 2654.

Thanks!

posted by S O'Donley
edited by S O'Donley
Project protection won't prevent the addition of sources that support the existing facts on the profile. So no issues with adding sources.
Georgia was my 2nd cousin. My great grandmother and her mother were sisters.

Jean Roach

posted by Jean Roach
O'Keefe-419 and O'Keeffe-2 appear to represent the same person because: Double-F is the correct spelling of her last name.
posted by [Living Winter]
Her parents, Francis Calyxtus O'Keeffe and Ida Totto were dairy farmers
posted by [Living E]
posted by Bob Fields