Georgia O’Keeffe


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Status, estimation and price of the artist Georgia O’Keeffe

Price of a painting by the artist: 60,000 – 31,000,000 €.

Price of a drawing by the artist: 3,300 – 3 100,000 €.

Estimation of a print by the artist: 1,000 – 17,000 €.

Price of a sculpture by the artist: 700,000 €.

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A  pioneer of abstraction

Georgia O’Keeffe was born on November 15, 1887 in the state of Wisconsin. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1905 to 1906 and followed Arthur Wesley Dow’s painting courses, which were largely influenced by Gauguin and offered her an alternative to realism, at the Art Students League in New York. This influenced the artist’s first watercolours done around 1915. She sought a personal visual language through which she could express her ideas and emotions, which led to a series of charcoal drawings representing a radical break with tradition and which made O’Keeffe one of the very first American artists to practice pure abstraction. In her watercolours, the vivid colours and simple forms she used attracted the photographer Alfred Stieglitz who, in 1916, allowed her to exhibit in his famous Gallery “291” where the New York avant-garde used to meet. The two artists married in 1924 and O’Keeffe became the photographer’s muse, appearing in over five hundred photographs until Stieglitz died in 1946.

Flowers, skyscrapers and the desert

Georgia adopts an abstract style and then returns to figuration in two important series of flowers and skyscrapers: NewYork night (1929). Her floral motifs are represented in very close up, they fill the whole surface of the canvas and retranscribe the dimensionality. Often in her representations, the motif is detached from its context. In 1929, the artist travelled regularly to New Mexico and settled there permanently in 1949. There he painted as simplified versions as possible of desert objects such as rocks, bones (Pelvis with moon, 1943) or crosses, (Black cross, 1929). His paintings in New Mexico coincided with the growing interest in local scenes by American modernists seeking a different view of America. The simplifications they made in her representation of the landscape of this region reflect a strong attachment to this desert environment.

From the 1950s onwards, the artist began to travel all over the world. Her paintings retranscribe the spectacle she perceives with each of her discoveries, such as the mountains of Peru or Mount Fuji in Japan.

O’Keeffe completed her autobiography in 1976 and contributed to the making of a feature film about her life and artistic practice. She died on 6 March 1986 in Sante Fe.

Recognising Georgia O’Keeffe’s signature

Like many artists, Georgia O’Keeffe did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

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