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Georgia O'Keeffe

Geburtstag: 15. November 1887
Todesdatum: 6. März 1986

Georgia Totto O’Keeffe zählt zu den bekanntesten US-amerikanischen Malerinnen des 20. Jahrhunderts. Motive ihrer an der Grenze zur gegenstandslosen Malerei angesiedelten und als Interpretation der Welt in weiblicher Begrifflichkeit verstandenen Werke sind häufig Blumen, Flammen und später auch Stadtansichten, Wüstenlandschaften oder Knochen. Zugleich wird in den reinen Bildlandschaften O’Keeffes eine erotische Ausstrahlung wahrgenommen. Sie gehört zu den bekannten Frauen in der Kunst im 20. Jahrhundert. Ihre Werke werden teilweise sehr hoch gehandelt. Wikipedia

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„Die Männer tun mich gern ab als beste Künstlerin unter den Frauen. Ich glaube aber, ich bin einer der besten Künstler überhaupt“

—  Georgia O'Keeffe

zitiert auf die Standard.at vom 3.2.2008 http://diestandard.at/1200563172675/Ansichtssachen-Meine-Arbeit-ist-meine-Ehe?sap=2&_slideNumber=7&_seite=.
"Men put me down as the best woman painter. I think I’m one of the best painters" - Georgia O’Keeffe in Whitney Chadwick: Women, Art, and Society [1990], Thames & Hudson 2007, p.303 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=JbWfAAAAMAAJ&q=%22best+woman+painter%22

„Ich wuchs ähnlich auf wie die meisten - und eines Tages merkte ich, wie ich zu mir sagte: Ich kann nicht leben wie ich möchte … Ich kann noch nicht einmal sagen, was ich möchte … Ich entschied, dass ich ein sehr dummer Narr bin, wenn ich nicht wenigstens male, was ich möchte“

—  Georgia O'Keeffe

zitiert auf dieStandard.at vom 3.2.2008 http://diestandard.at/1200563172675/Ansichtssachen-Meine-Arbeit-ist-meine-Ehe?sap=2&_slideNumber=7&_seite=.
"I grew up pretty much as everybody else grows up and one day seven years ago found myself saying to myself - I can't live where I want to - I can't go where I want to - I can't do what I want to - . School and things that painters have taught me even keep me from painting as I want to. I decided I was a very stupid fool not at least to paint as I wanted to and say what I wanted to and when I painted as that seemed to be the only thing that I could do that did not concern anyone but myself - that was nobody's business but my own." [1923] - moma.org 1946-1948 pdf https://www.moma.org/momaorg/shared/pdfs/docs/press_archives/1152/releases/MOMA_1946-1948_0026_1946-05-14_46514-25.pdf, p.2

„I do not like the idea of happiness — it is too momentary — I would say that I was always busy and interested in something — interest has more meaning to me than the idea of happiness.“

—  Georgia O'Keeffe

In notes to Anita Pollitzer, Abiquiu, New Mexico, (after February, 1968); as quoted in The Complete Correspondence of Georgia O’Keeffe & Anita Pollitzer, ed. Clive Giboire, Touchstone Books, Simon & Schuster Inc., New York, 1990, p. 324
1960s

„Nobody sees a flower - really - it is so small it takes time - we haven't time - and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.“

—  Georgia O'Keeffe

O'Keeffe's contribution (1939) to the exhibition catalogue of the show An American place (1944)
1930 - 1950
Quelle: Georgia O'Keeffe
Kontext: A flower is relatively small. Everyone has many associations with a flower - the idea of flowers. You put out your hand to touch the flower — lean forward to smell it — maybe touch it with your lips almost without thinking — or give it to someone to please them. Still — in a way — 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... 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.

„I hate flowers — I paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move!“

—  Georgia O'Keeffe

quote in Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe, Laurie Lisle, Viking Press, New York, 1981, p. 180
1980s

„To create one's own world takes courage.“

—  Georgia O'Keeffe

Variante: To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage.

„The abstraction is often the most definite form for the intangible thing in myself that I can only clarify in paint. …  I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way — things I had no words for.“

—  Georgia O'Keeffe

1970 - 1986, Some Memories of Drawings (1976)
Kontext: It is surprising to me to see how many people separate the objective from the abstract. Objective painting is not good painting unless it is good in the abstract sense. A hill or tree cannot make a good painting just because it is a hill or a tree. It is lines and colours put together so that they say something. For me that is the very basis of painting. The abstraction is often the most definite form for the intangible thing in myself that I can only clarify in paint. …  I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way — things I had no words for.<!-- Also quoted in Georgia O’Keeffe: Nature and Abstraction (2007), edited by Richard Marshall, p. 13

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