Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life
Roxana RobinsonPaper: $35.00
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|Paper Publication Date:||10/01/2020|
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|E-book Publication Date:||06/21/2021|
This is without question the best book ever written on O'Keeffe, and an invaluable resource not only for scholars but for the general public. It is accurate, insightful, and beautifully written.
--Calvin Tomkins, Staff Writer, New Yorker
Does much to give body to the O'Keeffe myth. The author presents a person who was both vulnerable and fierce, passionate and coolly withholding, sensuous yet oddly unsexual. Benefiting from the O'Keeffe family's cooperation, Ms. Robinson…draws on correspondence that was inaccessible to scholars during the artist's lifetime. Ms. Robinson assiduously interviewed people who knew O'Keeffe and deftly collated masses of information.
--New York Times Book Review
Chockablock with intriguing detail, some apt insight, and the best of all, O'Keeffe's own voice -- in her letters and in the words of her family and friends who wouldn't talk to anyone before the artist's death at the age of 98 in 1986. It gives us the first sensible discussion of how photography influenced O'Keeffe's painting -- her closeups, wide angles, cropping, distortion of scale, and zooms.
Robinson’s detailed, sensitive critique of O’Keeffe’s work alternates with an absorbing, intimate narrative of O’Keeffe’s personal life (including her notorious relationship with Juan Hamilton, six decades her junior, and the public battle over her estate) to provide a resourceful, imaginatively rendered portrait of a dauntingly difficult subject.
The most comprehensive O’Keeffe biography to date, this essentially feminist reading convincingly builds its case from a wealth of sources . . . to explain less the woman-behind-the-myth than how and why the woman herself became myth-maker.
Roxana Robinson is an art historian and novelist. Among her books of fiction are This Is My Daughter, Asking for Love and Other Stories, Summer Light, and A Glimpse of Scarlet.