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Georgia OKeeffe was an American painter famous for the purity and brightness of her still-life compositions OKeeffe was the second of seven children and was born on November 15 1887 in Sun Prairie Wisconsin Education was important in the OKeeffe family and as such all of the children were well educated OKeeffe had a preference toward art at a very young age She does not recall what prompted her to art only that she knew she wanted to be an artist By age 16 OKeeffe had received five years of art training at various schools She also studied art at the school of the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Art Students League of New York Despite winning the Leagues William Merritt Chase still-life prize for her oil painting Untitled Dead Rabbit with Copper Pot OKeeffe was dissatisfied with her paintings She worked as a teacher in Amarillo Texas from 1912-1914 During the summers OKeeffe worked as an assistant to Alon Bement of Teachers College Columbia University Here she met Arthur Wesley Dow who introduced her to the idea that art is the expression of the artists personal ideas and feelings or simply fill a space in a beautiful way She liked this new way of thinking She had finally realized that all of her work was influenced by someone else She stated I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught meshapes and ideas so near to meso natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasnt occurred to me to put them down Ellen par 13 At age 27 she started over She began with charcoal sketches After she had done everything she could possibly think of with charcoal she moved to paints This was a rebirth for OKeeffe a new woman and artist had emerged Recalling this period she wrote I grew up pretty much as everybody else grows up and one day seven
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