Georgia O’Keeffe painting as an adventure

PORTRAIT – The Center Pompidou is dedicating the first French retrospective to this free woman, whose paintings of flowers made a sulphurous reputation. An American novel to discover on the walls of the museum.

Georgia O’Keeffe is America. By its origins first. She was born in 1887 in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, 25 km from its modest capital, Madison (20,000 inhabitants). His father is the son of Irish who arrived from their native island in 1848. His maternal grandfather, George Victor Totto, is a Hungarian count who arrived in the New World the same year, married to an aristocrat of Dutch Protestant and New York origin. sophisticated.

The eldest daughter of seven siblings, Georgia is named in her honor, despite having abandoned her family. The marriage of his parents is a marriage of convenience which allows the two families to expand the land and consolidate the agricultural heritage. A hardworking father, self-effacing and gentle, disastrous in business. A demanding, distant mother, but a strong woman, anxious to provide an artistic education to her children, who tells them the wonderful stories of trapper Kit Carson or Billy the Kid. America is Georgia’s mental universe.

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