Friday, August 12

Georgia O' Keefe's magic and a milestone..

I completed 3 years of blogging last month sometime. I started this blog just as I was getting ready to quit my job and in phases blogging has been cathartic and fun. Anyway, back to the what this post is all about.. I first discovered Georgia O'Keefe's paintings when i saw a biopic about her on TV and was intrigued by her story . She has influenced the art scene in a way that is mind boggling and this was a time when things were totally dominated by men.She is considered as one of the great American masters.

O' Keefe's passionate, tumultuous relationship with photographer Alfred Stieglitz was instrumental in her creating some landmark art. Her paintings were abstract and though trained formally in art, she initially lost the interest in creating paintings and is said to have hated the smell of turpentine at some point. Finally, with the help of Stieglitz, she went on to create master pieces.

In the early 70's ,she was the originator of female iconography in things as simple as flowers and skulls.Though I am not a great fan off abstracts, but her pieces touch an emotional chord in me. Vibrant sometimes, muted and understated at times, unexpectedly bizarre at other times,her paintings are just complex and beautiful to look at.

Here are some of my favourite O'Keefe pieces...

This one is so delicate and pretty..



Beautiful,right?




Another one...



A lot of her paintings have Freudian interpretations and are often said to depict the female anatomy.



Now, a picture of the great Master..



She passed away in 1986 leaving behind a great body of work that we are currently enjoying...

13 comments:

Veens said...

I really do hope you feel better soon. I am sorry to hear about your health issues :(

Those pics are beautiful and thank you for sharing info on such a talented artist.

Asha said...

congrats on completing 3 years, bhargavi. same pinch on the pause mode, i too quit my freelancing job this year which took a toll on my health. I'm enjoying this slow pace of life and things around me. you too will once you get used to the slow pace of life.

Thanks for sharing so much about O'keefe. the flowers look so real...

Bhargavi said...

Veens ..Thanks ,dear.

Asha.. I am by nature a fidgety person who cant sit quiet for a minute.. so this forced hiatus is a little too overwhelming for me. what were you freelancing in,Asha?

Geeta said...

Congratulations on your 3 years of blogging.

Casey Freeland said...

Congratulations!!!

That skull piece is amazing!

Cheers,

Casey

cooltwins said...

congratulation :) its great

and awesome works on display... loved the 4th one :P

Suko said...

Beautiful post! She is one of my favorite artists.

Bhargavi said...

Geeta, Casey,Cooltwin.. thanks.

Cool.. Mine would be the first and second.

Suko.. quite understandably so !

lifeunderthesky said...

The works are brilliant.. thanks for sharing... And take care of your health!

Bhargavi said...

Life..Thanks

Rohan Rajiv said...

Congrats on 3 years Bugzzz

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Bhargavi said...

Thanks for dropping by, Rohan.. will check out this disqus thingie..