Explore 1,100 Works of Art by Georgia O’Keeffe: They’re Now Digitized and Free to View Online

Lake George Reflec­tion (cir­ca 1921) via Wiki­me­dia Com­mons

What comes to mind when you think of Geor­gia O’Keeffe?

Bleached skulls in the desert?

Aer­i­al views of clouds, almost car­toon­ish in their puffi­ness?

Volup­tuous flow­ers (freight­ed with an erot­ic charge the artist may not have intend­ed)?

Prob­a­bly not Polaroid prints of a dark haired pet chow sprawled on flag­stones…

Or water­col­or sketch­es of demure­ly pret­ty ladies

Or a mas­sive cast iron abstrac­tion…

If your knowl­edge of America’s most cel­e­brat­ed female artists is con­fined to the gift shop’s great­est hits, you might enjoy a leisure­ly prowl through the 1100+ works in the Geor­gia O’Keeffe Museum’s dig­i­tal col­lec­tion.

A main objec­tive of this beta release is to pro­vide a more com­plete under­stand­ing of the life and work of the icon­ic artist, who died in 1986 at the age of 98.

Her evo­lu­tion is evi­dent when you search by mate­ri­als or date.

You can also view works by oth­er artists in the col­lec­tion, includ­ing two very sig­nif­i­cant men in her life, pho­tog­ra­ph­er Alfred Stieglitz and ceram­i­cist Juan Hamil­ton.

Each item’s list­ing is enhanced with infor­ma­tion on inscrip­tions and exhi­bi­tions, as well as links to oth­er works pro­duced in the same year.

If your explo­rations leave you in a cre­ative mood, the museum’s web­site has devised a host of  O’Keeffe-inspired, all-ages cre­ative assign­ments, such as an adver­tis­ing chal­lenge stem­ming from her 1939 trip to Hawaii to design pro­mo­tion­al images for the Hawai­ian Pineap­ple Com­pa­ny (now known as Dole).

Vis­it the Geor­gia O’Keeffe Museum’s online col­lec­tion here. And watch a doc­u­men­tary intro­duc­tion to O’Ke­ef­fee, nar­rat­ed by Gene Hack­man, below:

Relat­ed Con­tent:

The Real Geor­gia O’Keeffe: The Artist Reveals Her­self in Vin­tage Doc­u­men­tary Clips

Geor­gia O’Keeffe: A Life in Art, a Short Doc­u­men­tary on the Painter Nar­rat­ed by Gene Hack­man

How Geor­gia O’Keeffe Became Geor­gia O’Keeffe: An Ani­mat­ed Video Tells the Sto­ry

Ayun Hal­l­i­day is an author, illus­tra­tor, the­ater mak­er and Chief Pri­ma­tol­o­gist of the East Vil­lage Inky zine. Fol­low her @AyunHalliday.


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  • Alina Ko says:

    A trea­sure trove of Amer­i­cana from Geor­gia O’Keefe!

  • Ellen Peterson says:

    I would like to see this.

  • Kay Neal says:

    Tak­ing art and I liked her work and now I’m doing my writ­ten report on her tech­nic. I like to know more about her than the usu­al reports. Birth death and schools. Thank you

  • STEFAN KATER says:

    I would do like this art­work . Thanks dear

  • Heike Heinzelmann Kranz says:

    How about that influ­ence Kandin­sky had on her?
    Wass­i­ly Kandinsky’s major mod­ern art trea­tise, On the Spir­i­tu­al in Art (1911)-Very worth­while read!

  • Donna L Newsom says:

    I have stud­ied her life and art since the 1970’s. My favorite mem­o­ry is the inter­view she allowed in New Mex­i­co. She answered her door at ‘Ghost Ranch’. There stood sev­er­al reporters push­ing micro­phones in her face. One ques­tion, ‘what do you think about YOU being named as the top female artist. Her reply, ‘i am NOT a female artist…I am an ARTIST’

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