Georgia O'Keeffe (Nov 15, 1887–1986)
Abstraction Rose, 1927
How could I forget O'Keeffe's birthday? She was the first woman artist that I learned about. I still have the collage of images of her and her work that I made as a teenager. I idealized her and her work but that gave me hope that I too could be a "real" painter some day.
Flower Abstraction, 1924
Later, much later, after reading many biographies of her, I realized that she was not the feminist icon that I had believed. But she was a damn fine painter.