O’Keeffe at the University of Virginia, 1912-1914
As part of the ongoing exploration of Georgia O’Keeffe’s early career, a new exhibition, O’Keeffe at the University of Virginia, 1912-1914 opens at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe. These never before-seen watercolors shown demonstrate experimentation with the revolutionary ideas of Arthur Wesley Dow. In addition, a presentation of time-lapse photography provides a dramatic glimpse of the spectacular views from O’Keeffe’s home at Ghost Ranch.
The future of Georgia O’Keeffe’s artistic practice shifted dramatically in 1912 when she took a summer course taught by Alon Bement at the University of Virginia. He introduced her to the revolutionary ideas of his colleague Arthur Wesley Dow, who encouraged an imaginative process of making art that was grounded in personal expression and harmonious design that led to an interpretation of the natural world, not a representation of it. This suite of watercolors demonstrates O’Keeffe’s experimentation in composition and simplification of forms while she was a student at the University of Virginia from 1912-1914.