Monday, May 19, 2014

What Did Georgia O'Keeffe Read?

On a recent trip to Santa Fe, I enjoyed a visit to the O'Keeffe museum and a tour of her home and studio in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Many of her possessions have been preserved and are available for public viewing, including a bookcase which houses books on gardening, cooking, nutrition and exercise. The bookcase, a sensible construction of vegetable and fruit crates, includes some interesting titles!

Here is a glimpse into a few of Georgia O'Keeffe's domiciliary interests...






The work table from O'Keeffe's studio contains some of her art materials.

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  1. Whaow. So interesting. She was certainly into natural ways of living - I would love to borrow some of these books!! Thank you for sharing. Mini hugs, Carol

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    1. I think her interests in organic gardening and nutrition were ahead of her time!

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  2. I like her desk and her bookshelf, she was amazing :)

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  3. I just saw her humongous piece of art in Chicago. This museum shows where it all started. Very nice!

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    1. Did you see Sky Above Clouds in the Art Institute? It is certainly large! I think of it every time I look out the window of an airplane and see puffy clouds below :) Here is a link to a photo of Georgia and her painting: http://paperweightblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/small-scaled-for-giants.html

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  4. Wow...reminds me of my favorite bookstore (Acres of Books, now gone)...most of the shelving was made of 1950s wooden fruit crates (I have an apple crate from the fiction room) and many of the books were about the same age as Georgia's!

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    1. LOL. That sounds like a great memory!

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  5. My childhood bookcase was two fruit crates covered in oilcloth - post-war English baby so furniture wasn't readily available until well into the fifties. So this rang a bell with me......... love O'Keeffe's work

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    1. Em, I also had fruit crate bookcases. Mine were filled with coloring books and the Laura Ingalls Wilder collection. So I appreciate that O'Keeffe used the fruit crates, not out of necessity, but practicality!

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