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Georgia O'Keeffe in 1950
Blue and Green, 1921
Blue 4, ~1916

Georgia O’Keeffe (November 15 1887 – March 6 1986) was an American artist who was born near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, U.S.[1]

She is mainly known for her modernist paintings. These paintings use both abstract and concrete elements.

  • Concrete means that objects can be recognized. For example, she painted flowers, rocks, shells, animal bones and landscapes.
  • Abstract means that there may be colors and forms, but nothing real can be seen in the pictures.

Auction record

O'Keefe holds the world auction record for a painting by a woman (November 2014). Her Jimson Weed/White Flower No 1 sold for $44.4m (£28.8m) at the O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which has many of the artist's works.[2] O'Keeffe's large-format depictions of flowers which she painted as if they had been seen in close-up.

Sotheby's in New York said the $15m (£9.5m) estimate on O'Keeffe's work was shattered by intense bidding between two rivals. The art auction record is $142.4m (£90.8m) for a Francis Bacon piece. His triptych, Three Studies of Lucien Freud, was sold at auction last year.


  2. Georgia O'Keeffe painting sets auction record for female artist. BBC News. The report is followed by comments by Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor. [1]