36. On the trail of Georgia O'Keeffe

<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO00000061" title="Georgia (nation)" href="/topic/international/georgia-%28nation%29-PLGEO00000061.topic">Georgia</a> O'Keeffe was born in 1887 and came to prominence long before the feminist revolution, forged an uncommon relationship with her husband founded on their shared dedication to art, and later had the courage to let her work consume her, even though it meant doing without the warmth of human contact. After the death of husband <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST001916" title="Alfred Stieglitz" href="/topic/arts-culture/alfred-stieglitz-PEHST001916.topic">Alfred Stieglitz</a> in 1946, she spent the last four decades of her life at an isolated adobe ranch house in New Mexico's Chama River Valley, painting the red-rock mesas of the nearby Jemez Range. She grewcrustier and  ever more solitary, hiring a deaf housekeeper so she wouldn't have to talk. "Sometimes I think I'm half mad with love for this place," she said. In the end, it's her love of place that endears her to me most.<br>
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<i>Pictured: <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST001489" title="Georgia O'Keeffe" href="/topic/arts-culture/georgia-okeeffe-PEHST001489.topic">Georgia O'Keeffe</a> Museum in Santa Fe, N.M.</i>
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Georgia O'Keeffe was born in 1887 and came to prominence long before the feminist revolution, forged an uncommon relationship with her husband founded on their shared dedication to art, and later had the courage to let her work consume her, even though it meant doing without the warmth of human contact. After the death of husband Alfred Stieglitz in 1946, she spent the last four decades of her life at an isolated adobe ranch house in New Mexico's Chama River Valley, painting the red-rock mesas of the nearby Jemez Range. She grewcrustier and ever more solitary, hiring a deaf housekeeper so she wouldn't have to talk. "Sometimes I think I'm half mad with love for this place," she said. In the end, it's her love of place that endears her to me most.

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Pictured: Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, N.M.

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