‘From the arid sparseness of her adobe home in New Mexico, this noted American woman painter has chosen to eliminate anything which might interfere with her artist’s vision.’ (Karsh)
O’Keeffe was a pioneer of modernism in the United States. Her work was first exhibited in 1916 by the photographer Alfred Stieglitz at his 291 Gallery in New York and she joined his circle of artists. They were married in 1924. Her work was shown at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her best known paintings are of enlarged studies of flowers, such as Black Iris (1926). The landscapes of New Mexico also attracted her and are the subject of other important works. After Stieglitz died in 1946, O’Keeffe settled permanently at Albiquiu in New Mexico. She was elected to the AmericanAcademy of Arts and Letters in 1962.