Georgia O Keeffe: A Career As An Artist

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Georgia O’Keeffe Georgia was born on November 15, 1887 near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. At the age of 10 she decided that she wanted to become an artist. She graduated high school in 1905 at what is now Chatham Hall. From 1905 to 1906 she studied art in Chicago. In 1907 she attended the Art Students League in New York. In 1908 she won the League's William Merritt Chase still-life prize for her oil painting Mona Shehab. In the fall of 1908, she abandoned the idea of pursuing a career as an artist. She said that she could never distinguish herself as an artist within the mimetic tradition, which was what she was training. She then took a job in Chicago as a commercial artist. She did not paint for four years from that moment. Then in 1912 she was…show more content…
Late in 1932, she suffered a nervous breakdown that was brought on because she was unable to complete a Radio City Music Hall mural project that had fallen behind schedule. She was hospitalized in early 1933 and did not paint again until January 1934. In the spring of 1933 and 1934, she recuperated in Bermuda, and she returned to New Mexico in the summer of 1934. In 1972, her eyesight was compromised by macular degeneration, leading to the loss of central vision and leaving her with only peripheral vision. Juan Hamilton, a young potter, appeared at her ranch house in 1973 looking for work. She hired him for a few odd jobs and soon employed him full time. Hamilton taught her to work with clay, and working with assistance, she produced clay pots and a series of works in watercolor. On January 10, 1977, President Gerald R. Ford presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor awarded to American citizens, and in 1985 she was awarded the National Medal of Arts. She became increasingly frail in her late 90s. She moved to Santa Fe in 1984, where she died on March 6, 1986, at the age of 98. Following her death her family contested her will because she had left all of her estate to Hamilton. The case was ultimately settled out of

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