Georgia O'Keeffe in Texas : a guide /

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Author / Creator:Carlson, Paul Howard.
Imprint:Buffalo Gap, Texas : State House Press, [2012]
Description:xiv, 132 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Subject:O'Keeffe, Georgia, -- 1887-1986.
O'Keeffe, Georgia, -- 1887-1986 -- Friends and associates.
O'Keeffe, Georgia, -- 1887-1986
Artists -- United States -- Biography.
ART / Individual Artists / General.
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Southwest (AZ, NM, OK, TX)
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Artists, Architects, Photographers.
Texas -- Biography.
United States.
Format: Print Book
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Other authors / contributors:Becker, John T. (John Taylor)
ISBN:9781933337494 (pbk.)
1933337494 (paperback)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 121-127) and index.
Summary:"Georgia O'Keeffe, a superbly gifted American artist usually associated with New Mexico, spent nearly four years in Texas, most of them in the Panhandle. She taught art in the public schools of Amarillo for two years, 1912-1914, and headed the art department at West Texas Normal College (now West Texas A & M University) in Canyon from the fall of 1916 to early 1918. She then went for a few months to Waring, Texas, northwest of San Antonio.There are scores of books on Georgia O'Keeffe. The books are of various lengths, covering her life, art, and influence on other artists; her time spent in New Mexico; and her relationship with and marriage to Alfred Stieglitz. By comparison, however, there is little on O'Keeffe's years in Texas. Georgia O'Keeffe in Texas: A Guide is different from previous O'Keeffe studies, as it provides a short biography of O'Keeffe on the people and events that influenced her Texas years. The authors are neither artists nor professional art critics, but are historians of the American West who have an interest in Georgia O'Keeffe. They believe her years in Texas, especially the Texas Panhandle, were significant for her subsequent development as a thoroughly modern American artist. This book is designed to work as a guide to O'Keeffe's life and work in Texas, and reveals an even more fascinating figure in the process.Front Cover Art Credit: Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas"--
"The book will provide a short biography of O'Keeffe and six brief "sidebars" on people or events that influenced her Texas years. The book will have several photos of Amarillo, Canyon, the schools in which she taught, and Palo Duro Canyon, plus appropriate persons connected with her work in Texas. There will be maps of Texas, the Panhandle, Amarillo, and Canyon plus one that will show the geographic relationship between the Texas Panhandle and O'Keeffe's New Mexico country: Taos, Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, Rancho de los Burros, and Pedernal. It will describe some of the extant paintings O'Keeffe completed in Texas, note several of her series of paintings, and discuss the art themes and topics she first developed in the Panhandle and refined while working in New Mexico"--

Aloof and private, O'Keeffe spent little time with other teachers outside the classroom. Her social life, such as it was, centered at the hotel, something of a rooming house run by a woman. she took her meals in the popular hotel dinning room where she enjoyed watching hungry cowboys from off the plains down two or three meals at one sitting. in the building's back rooms she played poker and dominoes with other hotel guests. But she spent much of her free time and many of her weekends taking long walks on the West Texas plains. O'Keeffe loved the region. The flatness, the emptiness, the lightening-filled thunderstorms, and the wind of the High Plains thrilled her. She enjoyed the sense of loneliness that came with her long walks. She rode to Palo Duro Canyon, some twenty miles southeast of Amarillo, and there was impressed with the deep gorge's immensity and its alternating colors of various reds, pinks, and tans. The canyon's colors and the plains vastness provided inspiration for her art and perhaps for her teaching. Excerpted from Georgia O'Keeffe in Texas: A Guide by Paul H. Carlson, John T. Becker All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.