Georgia O’Keeffe
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Georgia O’Keeffe was born on a farm near Sun Prairie Wisconsin in 1887. Between 1905 and 1916 she studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago and Teacher College of Columbia University. At teachers college she studied under Arthur Wesley Dow an artist, art educator and a key leader in the American Arts and Craft Movement. In 1916 O’Keeffe’s drawings came to the attention of the revolutionary New York photographer Alfred Steieglitz whom she later married. After she moved to New York, she began working primarily in oil, which represented a shift away from her having worked mainly in watercolor in the 1910s, and by the mid-1920s, she began making large scale paintings of natural forms from close up, as if seen through a magnifying lens. She painted her first large-scale flower painting in 1924, Petunia, No II. Georgia O’Keeffe vividly portrayed the power and emotion of objects of nature in her paintings. During the 1920s, she explored this theme in her magnified paintings of flowers which to this day enchant people amorously, although her purpose was to convey that nature in all its beauty was as powerful as the widespread industrialization of the period. Living in Lake George, New York, and in New York City, O'Keeffe painted some of her most famous work.

Nobody sees a flower, really, it is so small. We haven't time - and to see takes time like to have a friend takes time. - Georgia O'Keeffe

Petunia, 1925. Early work of her large vibrant flowers. Georgia O’Keeffe painted her first large Petunia in 1924. Her pictures of flowers and the goal to bring New Yorkers to stop and enjoy the beauty of nature embraces the goals of the English Arts & Crafts Movement.
If I could paint the flower exactly as I see it no one would see what I see because I would paint it small like the flower is small. So I said to myself - I'll paint what I see - what the flower is to me but I'll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it - I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers.

...Well, I made you take time to look at what I saw and when you took time to really notice my flower you hung all your own associations with flowers on my flower and you write about my flower as if I think and see what you think and see of the flower - and I don't.
Georgia O'Keeffe
We all should take the time to stop and look at the small things around us. We choose the art work of Georgia O’ Keeffe to inspire our guest to do the same. If you’re here in the summer and you don’t plan on being back for some time we think the Beachcomber and Gold Beach is a great place to spend looking at the small things and relaxing
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