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-