[Alternative Muses] Happy Birthday, Georgia O’Keeffe!

Georgia O’Keeffe was born on 15 November 1887.

Georgia O'Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz, 1918

Georgia O’Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz, 1918

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do.” *

Georgia O'Keeffe, taken July 19, 1915

Georgia O’Keeffe, taken July 19, 1915

“To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.”

Blue # 1 by Georgia O'Keeffe, circa 1916. Brooklyn Museum

Blue # 1 by Georgia O’Keeffe, circa 1916. Brooklyn Museum

“If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for a moment.”

Georgia O'Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz, 1918

Georgia O’Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz, 1918

Georgia O’Keeffe died on 6 March 1986.

*All quotes by Georgia O’Keeffe

14 thoughts on “[Alternative Muses] Happy Birthday, Georgia O’Keeffe!

  1. The first time I heard that quote – that she was terrified her entire life…, I was amazed because she lived alone for so long and appeared to be a strong woman. I identified with that. I have seen her home in Abiquiu but we were not allowed in. More importantly, I saw the beautiful cliffs she painted. It is inspiring there.

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    • Everyone is human, no matter how strong and independent they are. I love that quote, it is very demystifying.

      I’ve not seen her home or those cliffs. You are a lucky lady, Judy!

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