Georgia O'Keeffe/John Loengard by Georgia O'Keeffe
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Georgia O’Keeffe / John Loengard: Paintings and Photographs

In June 1966, photographer John Loengard was asked by Life magazine to photograph Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico, where she had been living since the late 1930s. Georgia O’Keeffe was 79 years old at the time, Loengard was 32, and for three days he observed and photographed the private life of this pioneer artist who virtually redefined American painting. For this unique book, we selected almost fifty of the finest black-and-white pictures Loengard took of the grand, solitary woman in the desert, and juxtaposed them with selected paintings of hers. They record the course of a day in the life of Georgia O’Keeffe from sunrise to sunset, developing their own quiet, mysterious effect. It becomes clear how much the austere poetry of the landscape corresponded to the artist’s own self-created world and how her artistic imagination was kindled by bleached bones and an infinite desert.

Texts by Georgia O’Keeffe and John Loengard


About Georgia O'Keeffe

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Georgia O'Keeffe was born in 1887, the second of seven children, and grew up on a farm in Wisconsin. By the time she graduated from high school she was determined to become an artist, spending the next few years studying art at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League of New York, and later teaching art in Texas, Virginia and South Carolina. In 1916, Alfred Stieglitz exhibited 10 of her charcoal abstractions at his famous avant-garde gallery, 291, closing the gallery the next year with a solo exhibition of her works. From 1918 on they lived and worked together in New York and Lake George. Three years after Stieglitz's death in 1946, O'Keefe moved to New Mexico, whose stunning vistas and stark landscape configurations had inspired her work since 1929. It was here that she painted her most famous pictures, working in oils until her eyes failed her in the 1970s. She continued working in pencil and watercolor until 1982 and produced objects in clay until 1984, two years before she died at age 98. John Loengard joined Life magazine's staff in 1961. Hailed by American Photographer as Life's most influential photographer during the 1960s and instrumental in its re-birth as a monthly in 1978, Loengard served as its picture editor until 1987. He has published several books of his photographs: Pictures Under Discussion, which won the 1987 Ansel Adams Award, Celebrating the Negative and Georgia O'Keeffe at Ghost Ranch. His photographs have appeared in Life, People, The Sunday Times (London) and Travel & Leisure magazines and are in the Eastman House, the Vassar College Art Gallery, The International Center of Photography, and the De Menil Foundation collections among others. Lothar Schirmer is a leading figure in the world of photography, both as a collector and as a publisher of art books. He lives in Munich.
Published May 1, 2006 by Schirmer/Mosel. 80 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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While O'Keeffe's oil canvases of New Mexico deserts creak with sun-bleached skulls and pelvic bones, the watercolors, pastels and charcoals which she did throughout her life present a far more cheerful world.

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This elegant illustrated book is an illuminating look at the life and work of celebrated American painter O'Keeffe.

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