Georgia O'Keeffe, A Private Friendship, Part I (Hardcover)

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The time is 1887. From any window in Georgia O'Keeffe's Sun Prairie, Wisconsin birthplace home she only saw the Wisconsin prairie with its traces of roads veering around the flat marshlands and a vast sky that lifted her soul. At twelve years of age Georgia had a defining moment when she declared, "I want to be an artist." Years later from her east-facing window in Canyon, Texas she observed the Texas Panhandle sky with its focus points on the plains and a great canyon of earth ...
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Georgia O'Keeffe, A Private Friendship, Part I: Walking the Sun Prairie Land

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The time is 1887. From any window in Georgia O'Keeffe's Sun Prairie, Wisconsin birthplace home she only saw the Wisconsin prairie with its traces of roads veering around the flat marshlands and a vast sky that lifted her soul. At twelve years of age Georgia had a defining moment when she declared, "I want to be an artist." Years later from her east-facing window in Canyon, Texas she observed the Texas Panhandle sky with its focus points on the plains and a great canyon of earth history colors streaking across the flat land.
Georgia's love of the vast, colorful prairie, plains and sky again gave definition to her life when she discovered Ghost Ranch north of Abiquiu, New Mexico. She fell prey to its charms which were not long removed from the echoes of the "Wild West." These views of prairie, plains and sky became Georgia's muses as she embarked on her step-by-step path with her role models--Alon Bement, Arthur Jerome Dow and Wassily Kandinsky. In this two-part biography of which this is Part I covering the period 1887-1945, Nancy Hopkins Reily "walks the Sun Prairie Land," as if in Georgia's day as a prologue to her family's friendship with Georgia in the 1940s and 1950s. Reily chronicles Georgia's defining days within the arenas of landscape, culture, people and the history surrounding each, a discourse level that Georgia would easily recognize. The book includes bibliographical references and indes. NANCY HOPKINS REILY was a classic outdoor color portraitist for more than twenty years and has taught portrait workshops at Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas where she had a one-woman show of her portraits. Her advance studies included an invitational workshop with Ansel Adams. Reily graduated from Southern Methodist University and lives in Lufkin, Texas. She is also the author of "Classic Outdoor Color Portraits" and "Joseph Imhof, Artist of the Pueblos," both from Sunstone Press.
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The enigma and legend surrounding this eminent 20th-century painter accords yet another biography. This volume, Part 1 and prolog of a two-part work, is fact-filled and rife with biographical and historical detail. Author, portraitist, and family friend Reily (Joseph Imhof, Artist of the Pueblos), who first met O'Keeffe in 1946, painstakingly chronicles the places and people important to the artist's life. She begins with O'Keeffe's birth in Sun Prairie, WI, continues through her young life on the Texas plains, and ends in 1945, a time when O'Keeffe found resonance with her artistic vision among New Mexico's hills and mesas. Reily includes detailed introductions to O'Keeffe's family, teachers, renowned fellow artists, and influential friends, including her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, and her close friend Anita Pollitzer. This volume helps us understand the evolution of O'Keeffe's artistic determination, skill, and vision akin to the landscapes of the places she inhabited. The extensive notes and commentary are complemented by 75 black-and-white maps, illustrations, and photos that capture period and place. Recommended for upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, scholars, and specialists. [Part 2 will pick up in 1946 and continue through O'Keeffe's death in 1986.-Ed.]
—Katharine A. Webb

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865344518
  • Publisher: Sunstone Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2007
  • Pages: 436
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

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    This lady's paintings of flowers the most wonderful paintings of flowers you will ever see.

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