New Art in America: Fifty Painters of the 20th Century

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GEORGIA O'KEEFFE

by James Thrall Soby

IN 1916 a group of sketches by Georgia O'Keeffe was taken to Alfred Stieglitz by a mutual friend, and her distinguished career as a painter began. O'Keeffe's training as an artist had been received from such divergent teachers as William Chase and Arthur Dow. But she was self-taught in the sense of having developed alone, during a long period of introspection and experiment, the burnished lyricism of vision and technique by which she is now widely known. Born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, in 1887, O'Keeffe's human personality is exceptionally integral with her art: severe in its beauty; warm, direct and unafraid.

The subjects of O'Keeffe's painting were decided upon early and have been explored and re-explored-- flowers and the city, mountains, bones and simplified elements of architecture, among others. Her art under-

O'KEEFFE: Black Abstraction, 1927. Oil, 30 x 40. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alfred Stieglitz Collection.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Foreword 7
  • New Discoveries 1900-1920 9
  • JOHN SLOAN 15
  • LOUIS M. EILSHEMIUS 32
  • MAURICE PRENDERGAST 37
  • LYONEL FEININGER 56
  • JOSEPH STELLA 62
  • MAX WEBER 67
  • MARSDEN HARTLEY 73
  • ARTHUR G. DOVE 79
  • STANTON MACDONALD-WRIGHT 84
  • MAN RAY 88
  • THE NATIVE SCENE 1920-1940 93
  • CHARLES SHEELER 97
  • NILES SPENCER by Dorothy C. Miller 103
  • GEORGIA O'KEEFFE 108
  • PHILIP EVERGOOD 113
  • BEN SHAHN by James Thrall Soby 118
  • JACK LEVINE 124
  • THOMAS HART BENTON 129
  • GRANT WOOD 134
  • JOHN KANE 139
  • EDWARD HOPPER 144
  • CHARLES BURCHFIELD 150
  • YASUO KUNIYOSHI 157
  • GEORGE GROSZ 162
  • FRANKLIN C. WATKINS 167
  • STUART DAVIS 182
  • ARSHILE GORKY 188
  • MARK TOBEY 193
  • IVAN LE LORRAINE ALBRIGHT 198
  • PETER BLUME 203
  • ALTON PICKENS 209
  • EDWIN DICKINSON 214
  • The Widening Search 1940-1955 219
  • FRITZ GLARNER 220
  • I. RICE PEREIRA 227
  • WILLEM DE KOONING 232
  • JACKSON POLLOCK 237
  • BRADLEY WALKER TOMLIN 251
  • LOREN MACIVER 256
  • MORRIS GRAVES 261
  • HYMAN BLOOM 267
  • JACOB LAWRENCE 272
  • ANDREW WYETH 277
  • INDEX OF ARTISTS 283
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