On the occasion of Georgia O'Keeffe's 80th birthday in 1966, Life magazine dispatched photographer John Loengard to her home in New Mexico to document a day in the life of the pioneering American artist. Loengard's elegant black and white images capture the grand, solitary woman in the desert, and candid shots record her daily routine at Ghost Ranch. Juxtaposed here with selected O'Keeffe paintings, these photographs reveal how the austere poetry of the landscape corresponded to the artist's own painterly world. This unique marriage of paintings and photographs, presented in a stunning collectible volume, also includes a touching introduction by Loengard describing his first encounter with O'Keeffe and contemplative writings by the artist herself on her work and inspirations.
Georgia O'Keeffe may be the most photographed artist in history, given the artistic ardor of her photographer husband, Alfred Stieglitz. Beautiful at every age and serene in the camera's gaze, O'Keeffe, nearing 80, was gracefully collaborative when photographer John Loengard, on assignment for Life magazine, visited her home in Abiquiu, New Mexico, and her studio at Ghost Ranch in 1966 and 1967, her abode for 20 years. Loengard photographed the painter reading, tending her garden, and walking with her beloved chow dogs. Photographs of the interiors of her home and studio, and still lifes of her stones, books, and bones, capture the elegant simplicity of O'Keeffe's aesthetics. Loengard's tonally rich and dramatically composed black-and-white photographs are paired with O'Keeffe's exquisite paintings, amplifying the resonance of each as the inspirations for O'Keeffe's spirited work are perceptively illuminated. O'Keeffe lived another 20 years in her desert paradise, and now, 20 years after her death, this intimate portfolio rekindles appreciation for her art and her contemplative life. Donna Seaman
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John Loengard received his first assignment for Life in 1956 and joined the magazine's staff in 1961.
Georgia O'Keeffe moved to New Mexico permanently in the late 1930s, where she would create her most famous work.