I remember the first time I saw a Georgia O'Keeffe painting. It was in Vegas of all places. In the Bellagio Hotel there's a gallery of fine art (its on the right as you head for the chapel) and they were having an exhibition on American Modernism. It was love at first sight. Not the first time that's been said in Vegas I'm sure, but longer lasting than most of the towns romances.
O'Keeffe is best known for her fascination with the natural world around her. Her detailed depictions of flowers in particular which she started to work on in the 1920's were beautiful in their abstraction.
From the late 1920's on O'Keeffe split her time between New York and New Mexico. Here, in the arid desert landscape, she found inspiration for some of my favourite of her works.
With the death of her husband, Alfred Stieglitz in 1946, Georgia soon moved permanently to her ranch in New Mexico. The best collection of her work still resides there in the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe.
Quite a lady.