Georgia O’Keeffe’s lasting influence on art and fashion

Allison Rossi, Staff Writer

Georgia O’Keeffe was an influential painter. She was born on Nov. 15, 1887. O’Keeffe passed away in 1986.

According to O’Keeffe was best known for her flower canvases and southwestern landscapes. In her early years of life, O’Keeffe always had an interest in art. Later she went to study at the Art Institute of Chicago in the early 1900s.

O’Keeffe moved to New York and studied with artists. One of the artists she studied with was William Merritt Chase, a member of the Art Students League. Eventually O’Keeffe’s connections began to grow leading to her first art show. Alfred Stieglitz, an owner of a gallery, showed her paintings to the public for the first time. The two of them eventually married. After the death of her husband in 1946, O’Keeffe moved to New Mexico and eventually passed away there in 1986.

Today, O’Keeffe still has an enormous impact on fashion and art. Vogue made a statement about the anniversary of O’Keeffe’s birthday, Nov. 15. Vogue explained, “Way back in 1938, Calvin Klein purchased Georgia O’Keeffe’s Summer Days for a reported $1 million. The designer even met the famously private artist around that time, traveling to her Abiquiu, New Mexico, home Ghost Ranch, with Bruce Weber.”

Vogue continued to provide examples of how O’Keeffe has influenced and continues to influence the fashion world: “Michael Kors name checked O’Keeffe at his Spring ‘16 show and nodded to her work with macro-florals, the steer skull, a favorite O’Keeffe motif which also turns up at Gareth Pugh Spring 2015. Tome’s Fall 2013 lineup took its cues from O’Keeffe’s elegantly androgynous personal style. At Valentino Spring 2012, O’Keeffe’s influence came to life in a clean easy southwestern spirit, and O’Keeffe was also the muse for Suno’s “feminized but cool” Spring ’15 lineup.”

O’Keeffe had an enormous impact on art as well. The impact was so strong that there is a museum dedicated to her. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is located at 217 Johnson Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico. The museum displays approximately 150 oil paintings, nearly 700 sketches, pastel, watercolor and charcoal paintings all created by O’Keeffe. The museum also holds personal property of the artist such as her art materials, documentation and photography of her life and time period.

The museum explained: “The art of Georgia O’Keeffe has been well known for eight decades in this country and for many years has been attaining similar prominence abroad. More than 500 examples of her works are in over 100 public collections in Asia, Europe, and North and Central America.”

As mentioned previously, Georgia O’Keeffe’s first show was in New York. That first show’s work has been incorporated into hundreds of single and group exhibitions around the world. O’Keeffe will continue to influence art and fashion for years to come. The marvelous American modernism painter has impacted us for many decades.

Georgia O’Keeffe stated, “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”