Where did this famous artist create her makeshift art studio in New Mexico?
Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the most significant and intriguing artists of the twentieth century, known internationally for her boldly innovative art. Her distinct flowers, dramatic cityscapes, glowing landscapes, and images of bones against the stark desert sky are iconic and original contributions to American Modernism.
Georgia O'Keeffe was born in 1887 on a farm in Wisconsin. As a child, O'Keeffe developed an early interest in becoming an artist, which her mother encouraged by arranging lessons with a local artist. After high school, O'Keeffe attended the Art Institute of Chicago. She ranked at the top of her class. At age 20, she traveled to New York City to continue her art studies and begin her career.
By age 42, O'Keeffe began to spend part of nearly every year in New Mexico. Known as a loner, she explored the land she loved often in her Ford Model A, which she purchased and learned to drive and later used it as a studio. She would remove the driver's seat. Then she would unbolt the passenger side, and turn it around to face the back seat. She would then lay the canvas on the back seat as an easel and paint. Painting inside the car allowed her to stay out of the hot sun where she completed some of her best works.
In 1973, she hired John Bruce Hamilton as a live-in assistant and he helped her write her autobiography. She died in 1986 at the age of 98. The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe stands as a living monument to this American visionary.