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Georgia'Okeeffe And John Marin: An Exploration Essay

  • Submitted by: mona78
  • on December 6, 2011
  • Category: Arts and Music
  • Length: 1,544 words

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Georgia O’Keffee and John Marin: An Exploration

    The American Transcendentalists of the nineteenth century believed the key to spiritual enlightenment lay in the study of nature and natural forms -- in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, "to look at the world with new eyes." At Alfred Stieglitz’s Intimate Gallery, a legendary photographer and art dealer, is where the circle of artists that he managed and represented enveloped themselves in the essential belief in the purity of an unrestricted vision. Rather than create an exact likeness of nature, these artists, including Stieglitz's wife, Georgia O'Keeffe, attempted to reduce it to its most essential forms, which then served as a framework upon which to express and interpret their individual emotional states through the formal elements of color and line.
    Many have linked O’Keeffe’s work to have sexual connotations, but it is my intention to present a different side of O’Keeffe and her work throughout time. The focus here is on abstractions and radical work from her early career, which became the basis for her representational work, and towards the end of her life she returned to her basis of abstracted forms. Georgia O'Keeffe held her own in the male-dominated world of American art, producing paintings of startling originality drawn from motifs in nature. O’Keeffe went briefly to art school in order to become an art teacher. She believed that art was not about representing something from the natural world but about the artist expressing her personality. This approach came from her teacher, Arthur Wesley Dow a pioneer in art education. She had a desire to “speak” through her work and the charcoal works on view in the first gallery are her pure feelings translated to paper. Art was a way for her to connect with the unknown through abstracted forms and later in her use of color. Through her work she created a sensation of someone or something, not the thing itself. She worked serially throughout her career...

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