Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe

Portrait of an Artist A Biography of Georgia O Keeffe Georgia O Keeffe one of the most original painters America has ever produced left behind a remarkable legacy when she died at the age of ninety eight Her vivid visual vocabulary sensuous flowers bl

  • Title: Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Author: Laurie Lisle
  • ISBN: 9780671016661
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Paperback
  • Georgia O Keeffe, one of the most original painters America has ever produced, left behind a remarkable legacy when she died at the age of ninety eight Her vivid visual vocabulary sensuous flowers, bleached bones against red sky and earth had a stunning, profound, and lasting influence on American art O Keeffe s personal mystique is as intriguing and enduring as her boGeorgia O Keeffe, one of the most original painters America has ever produced, left behind a remarkable legacy when she died at the age of ninety eight Her vivid visual vocabulary sensuous flowers, bleached bones against red sky and earth had a stunning, profound, and lasting influence on American art O Keeffe s personal mystique is as intriguing and enduring as her bold, brilliant canvases Here is the first full account of her exceptional life from her girlhood and early days as a controversial art teacher, to her discovery by the pioneering photographer of the New York avant garde, Alfred Stieglitz, to her seclusion in the New Mexico desert, where she lived until her death And here is the story of a great romance between the extraordinary painter and her much older mentor, lover, and husband, Alfred Stieglitz Renowned for her fierce independence, iron determination, and unique artistic vision, Georgia O Keeffe is a twentieth century legend who career spanned the history modern art in America.

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    • Laurie Lisle

      Laurie Lisle began her professional life as a journalist then became a biographer before writing about personal matters in her latest books She lives in the village of Sharon, Connecticut, along with her husband, artist Robert Kipniss When she is not writing or reading, she is hiking or working in her flower garden Laurie wrote the first biographies of two women artists, Georgia O Keeffe and Louise Nevelson as well as other nonfiction books about childlessness, gardening, and the small girls school which turned her into a writer Her best selling biography of O Keeffe, Portrait of an Artist, which was first published in 1980, has been translated into six languages Available as a hyperlinked ebook with photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, it is included in Five Hundred Great Books by Women Her biography of Louise Nevelson is the only one about this fascinating sculptor, known for her black assemblages Louise Nevelson As Passionate Life is now available in an ebook edition Titles of her other books are Without Child Challenging the Stigma of Childlessness, Four Tenths of an Acre Reflections on a Gardening Life, and Westover Giving Girls a Place of Their Own.



    562 thoughts on “Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe

    • I'm no great reader of biographies. I tend to find them lackluster with their cradle-to-grave narrative arc and cheap psychologizing. Good writing is always hard to find no matter its form. But this particular work is terrific. It's insightful. We see how Georgia O'Keeffe's talent developed early in life. In 1903-04 Georgia and her many sisters were driven some miles in a horse and buggy from their Wisconsin farm to art lessons, an almost unheard of extravagance in those still largely frontier d [...]


    • This is one of the two biographies recommended to docents at the O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe--the less technical one, according to the gift shop assistant who helped me select one. I chose "less technical" because I wanted a fast read--and it was, because Georgia O'Keeffe was such an interesting person.I deducted one star because the writing style is not exceptional. The writer was too much in the way, creating the feeling of being told only what the writer found out. Of course, one wants the tr [...]


    • I read this book a long time ago, after first seeing some of the works of Georgia O'Keefe at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. I remember it being a wonderful feeling, something in her paintings resonated at a deep level, I didn't understand it, but I felt it and thus began a curious exploration into her life and works.I remember this now, because her name has begun to pop up on my radar again, first with this novel Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe due for publication in Feb 2016 an [...]


    • This is a well researched and presented biography of a complex personality. Georgia O'Keefe was an introvert, independent, determined individual. She did not suffer fools, period. The author tells her story from childhood through her time as a controversial art teacher, through her marriage to Stieglitz, and her life in her beloved deserts of New Mexico. She tells the story honestly but respectfully. One can see and experience O'Keefe's triumphs as well as her moments of self-doubt. The reader l [...]


    • This is a wonderful biography of Georgia O'Keefe, showing her struggles for autonomy and her efforts to find her own pictoral images, amidst a relationship with an older well-known photographer. The biography has a light touch, but gives O'Keefe the full complexity of her unique character.


    • Published during O'Keeffe's lifetime, this is the first of the artist's biographies. Lisle had the advantage of being able to interview "more than a hundred" people who knew O'Keeffe and were willing to talk about her. On the other hand, she had the disadvantage of writing an unauthorized biography of a living subject, which means that she had to tread delicately through a minefield of issues. (For an interesting take on what has been called a "suicidal" job, see this NYT article by biographer J [...]


    • Halfway through:Look at Georgia photographed by Alfred Stieglitz: google/search?q=alfredLook at the chin. Who she is is visible in her eyes and in that chin.This book is very, very good. Keep in mind I am no huge fan of all those huge flower paintings. The person is what drew me, and I am not disappointed. Did SHE intend the eroticism so often associated with her paintings? Damn art critics! I have always been terribly dissatisfied with the need of critics to explain art. Isn't it enough to look [...]


    • “Portrait of an Artist – A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe” by Laurie Lisle. I wanted to explore the creative process, to get a glimpse into how an artist thinks, feels, plans and executes.Georgia O’Keeffe transformed the way we understand the artistic endeavours of women. Her work was dramatic, full of colour and challenged the status quo. Recognized as the “Mother of American Modernism,” she was only twelve when she knew she would be an artist. And it seemed the universe complied w [...]


    • God, I love my sister-in-law who digs around dark nooks and finds little gems like this. Then she shares them!The last 1/3 of the book was a bit slow -- basically I think the author had trouble drumming up material on O'Keefe's life in New Mexico as the artist was ambivalent at best about this book being written and because, in NM, O'Keefe was no longer on the cultural radar the way she had been in New York, married to Alfred Stieglitz. The author's writing style is nothing spectacular, but O'Ke [...]


    • I dismissed O'Keeffe's work when I was much younger thinking it was all just flowers. I bought this book on a whim from a street vendor and it's taken me quite a while to read it. However, I am so immensely glad that I read it. I have so much admiration for O'Keeffe's personality and work ethic, brilliance, and independence now. She was so strong-willed at a time that it was not common for women to be so. Sincerely blown away. I am now genuinely interested in her complete body of work and has in [...]


    • Non-fiction always takes me a long time to slog through, but I'm glad I stuck it out and finished this one. I read it in order to prepare for a new book I bought of letters between Georgia and Stieglitz and wanted to know more about her history and life before tackling those. She was an amazing woman - very often misunderstood and hard to get a long with - but she could have cared less. For her, it was all about the art.


    • O'Keefe lived for almost 100 years - nearly a third of the existence of the United States - and learning about her life, from the prarie to the South to New York and then to nearly 40 years Out West is a fascinating commentary on the very short history of this country she was way ahead of her time intellectually and I love her work!


    • Good writer, Great topic being Georgia O'Keeffe. Unknown to me I learned a great deal about Alfred Stieglitz and his photographs.


    • This book was recommended to prepare for a trip to Santa Fe where I will visit the O'Keefe Museum. Told to start with Chapter 8, about her life in New Mexico, I thought I'd just start at the beginning. I became disillusioned about the writer's authenticity with stories like Georgia, before the age of one, being jealous that others got more attention than she did. So I did go to Chap 8 but found my interest was not strong enough to read word for word. I skimmed the rest of the book and did get a [...]


    • A very solid biography, that is thoroughly researched. Lisle portrays Georgia as someone who always knew who she was and what she wanted, in her uncompromising desire to create art. Georgia's early life in Wisconsin, her years teaching in Texas, and her relationship with Stieglitz are described in great detail, along with her relationships with family and friends. I especially enjoyed hearing about Georgia's process. The way she would become inspired to paint, but bring such organization to her [...]


    • My copy was published in 1980 and I understand that there were additions made after O'Keeffe died in 1986. Ms. Lisle writes in a well-organized and pleasant style that is informative without being dull. Anecdotes spice the expository and it is easy to keep track of all the threads. It was only in the last few years that I discovered that Georgia O'Keeffe painted something besides the desert. Her years in Virginia, New York City and Lake George are. well-researched and rich in detail.What emerges [...]


    • Being an artist myself, I loved reading about Georgia’s life and her discipline in painting. She struggled with similar life challenges a lot of artists do, and, still, was a huge success. Very interesting read, especially if you’re a woman and artist!


    • I loved it so much I listened to it twice. I read O"Keeffe biographies in the past and this one was really inspirational for some reason. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I will listen to it again.


    • Laurie Lisle's book seems to be, according to the NY Times, the first, major biography of Georgia O'Keeffe penned while she was still alive in the 1980s. However, she declined to participate in any research for the book (she died in '86). That being so, it has some dated language and references, but it gives you a good overview and a fair amount of "insider" information about a very private artist and her relationship with her husband and modernist photographer Alfred Steiglitz. To be clear, thi [...]


    • 1980. This was written while O'Keeffe was still living, but is not an authorized biography. I read it to find out something about O'Keeffe [and because somebody had given me the book] since I had never known anything much about her life.Lisle, a journalist, tells a whole lot of facts, and observations and opinions she got from interviewing relatives and acquaintances of O'K.It's not a book to read for its literary value; it is not 'well written' but is serviceable.Lisle interjects quite a lot of [...]


    • I had no idea Georgia O’Keeffe had such a strong and abrasive personality, but that may have been why she succeeded in becoming a renowned artist at a time of oppression for women. Not only were women artists not taken seriously, but they were pigeonholed into a certain style. Georgia broke out of that mold through hard work and insistence on expressing on paper the way she saw the world.Georgia refused to allow the author of this book to interview her, but told her that she was free to write [...]


    • In preparation for a to Santa Fe I wanted to read a few books about New Mexico and, particularly, about Georgia O’Keeffe. My first biography was a flop, but this one was well researched, meticulous, and beautiful. The author talks about her life, her training as an artist and how in her time period women were not ever considered painters (or artists) and O’Keeffe had a lot of obstacles to overcome before she was considered either a painter or an artist. I found myself taking notes in the mar [...]


    • This was pretty badly (or simply) written -- think 5th grade book report -- but the subject was so rich it almost didn't matter. I loved reading this. Regardless of how you feel about her art, this woman lived her life in a really ballsy freaking way. Her biography read like a spiritual text, a plainly spoken reminder that life can be long, there is more than one way to live, and you should live it the one way you can. In real life she seemed like a real pain to know, so I don't want to glamoriz [...]


    • I bought this book when it came out in 1980 and now 30 years later I finally read it. Originally I purchased it because I knew she was a part of Stieglitz life and I thought he was great. Originally I thought that she was just a lucky person to have Stieglitz promote her work and that was why she was successful. After reading the book, I have a new appreciation for her as an artist but found her personality irritating. She was born in 1887, the year the woman's right to vote was defeated. Yet sh [...]


    • The writing is plain at times even a hindrance. Nevertheless one comes away with a greater understanding of who Georgia O'Keeffe was and a profound admiration for her devotion to art. I had not realized that female artists were unheard of, nor the difficulty of some of the choices and sacrifices she made to be an artist. I came away with a certain distaste for her husband. I may now look at books which focus on Ghost Ranch or the later period of her life. Bottom line: worth reading for the amoun [...]


    • I became aware of Georgia O'Keeffe through her art but became fascinated by her character and personality. What a fascinating life she led. It is admirable when a person follows their own path. She was a woman who had the courage to not follow the convention of her time and to do what she thought was important. I am drawn to stories of people who seen as provocative and some would say eccentric. A very interesting read. Well researched and it appears to give at least a flavor of the personality [...]


    • This was a straight-forward biography of an interesting life. The author kind of jumped around a bit, not sticking to strict chronological order, which bothered me a little. Overall a good easy read though. Sticklers should note it was published before O'Keeffe's death so that is not included.I also wish there had been some photos of her work included. Luckily now there is the internet so I could google individual works when they were discussed.


    • I read this book in my senior year in high school and was intrigued by Georgia O'Keefe's life. Since then, I've read many, many more books about her life, art, and romances. This book is a very comprehensive look at her youth, adolescence, schooling, the love of her life (Alfred Stieglitz), and of course her art: its expression, medium, and themes. If you like art, New Mexico, New York, and women beyond their times, this is a book for you.


    • The book is not an exciting or dramatic book-some of the lack of drama may be the sort of life Georgia O'Keefe lived rather than the book itself.Until I read this book, I did not realize how difficult it was for both women and American trained artists to be accepted by the art establishment.In contrast to some other reviewers, I found her life more interesting after her husband died and she becomes a successful artist. She becomes more the way I think of Georgia O'Keefe.


    • I find Georgia O'Keefe utterly fascinating. She had a narrow, focused mind but a wild spirit. She was an individual in a time and place where everything and everyone told her she could not be. Her discipline and steady mindedness about her art inspired me to make better art, focus on what I do well and have fierce determination to do what I was made to do. The book was extremely long, which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. 50-100 pages less & it would be perfect


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