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The Resource Georgia : a novel of Georgia O'Keefe, Dawn Tripp

Georgia : a novel of Georgia O'Keefe, Dawn Tripp

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Georgia : a novel of Georgia O'Keefe
Title
Georgia
Title remainder
a novel of Georgia O'Keefe
Statement of responsibility
Dawn Tripp
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Georgia
Title variation remainder
a novel of Georgia OKeeffe
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eng
Summary
In 1916, Georgia O'Keeffe is a young, unknown art teacher when she travels to New York to meet Stieglitz, the famed photographer and art dealer, who has discovered O'Keeffe's work and exhibits it in his gallery. Their connection is instantaneous. O'Keeffe is quickly drawn into Stieglitz's sophisticated world, becoming his mistress, protégé, and muse, as their attraction deepens into an intense and tempestuous relationship and his photographs of her, both clothed and nude, create a sensation. Yet as her own creative force develops, Georgia begins to push back against what critics and others are saying about her and her art. And soon she must make difficult choices to live a life she believes in
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  • This fictionalized biography of one of the best-known artists of the last century begins with Georgia O’Keeffe as a young woman teaching in Texas. When her sketches make their way to Alfred Stieglitz, photographer and gallery owner in New York, the two meet, and their passion is undeniable. They become lovers, and Stieglitz encourages O’Keeffe to develop her artistry, but she also becomes the inspiration for his work. When Stieglitz shows his nude portraits of her, Georgia is launched into the spotlight overnight. It is a defining moment for them both, one that Georgia repeatedly reevaluates as she fights to distance herself from the woman in the photographs and have her painting recognized for its artistry, not its femininity. Details from letters and other writings are the backbone of this powerful interpretation of the artist’s personal growth throughout her relationship with Stieglitz. As vibrant and colorful as one would hope for a story about this beloved artist, Tripp’s novel clearly takes liberties, but the relative truth painted with them is well worth the straying. -- Ophoff, Cortney (Reviewed 01-01-2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 9, p47)
  • /* Starred Review */ American artist Georgia O'Keeffe blazes across the pages in Tripp's tour de force about this indomitable woman, whose life was both supported and stymied by the love of her life, photographer and art promoter Alfred Stieglitz. The author manages to get inside O'Keeffe's mind to such an extent that readers experience her transformation from a somewhat shy Texan art teacher who decided to throw away the rules to create her own art to the accomplished, strong-willed woman who held to her artistic vision; they will feel the passion that infused her work and love life that emboldened her canvases. Especially eye-opening is the way Stieglitz's nude photographs of O'Keeffe not only amazed and scandalized the art world, but shadowed the perception of her paintings and her identity, a consequence that haunted her most of her life until she made New Mexico her permanent home and reinvented herself as a solitary artist of the Western landscape. The relationship between Stieglitz and O'Keeffe, and her metamorphosis from lover to wife to jilted partner, is poignantly drawn. Tripp has hit her stride here, bringing to life one of the most remarkable artists of the 20th century with veracity, heart, and panache. (Feb.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 01/11/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 02, p)
  • In 1916, when Georgia O'Keeffe was 30 years old, she made the connection that would forever alter her life: Alfred Stieglitz. From their first meeting, she became the married photographer's muse and mistress, while he in turn supported and encouraged her art. Their volatile affair gave birth to the career of one of America's greatest female artists, but not without cost. Throughout her life, O'Keeffe struggled with the impact her relationship with Stieglitz had on her art, its perception in the marketplace, and her own sense of self-worth. Tripp's (Game of Secrets) writing is romantic, poetic, and flows as smoothly as her artist subject's brushstrokes in her famous floral studies. However, the trouble with biographical novels is where the author's vision and history collide. Tripp's language and the dreamy feeling it evokes at times feels at odds with a relationship so tempestuous and flawed from its start. VERDICT Recommended for those who enjoy the genre. --Leigh Wright (Reviewed 01/01/2016) (Library Journal, vol 141, issue 01, p100)
  • A much-celebrated—and misunderstood—painter peers across decades to ask: what would I have become without the lover who first promoted my work? "This is not a love story," she promises, before Tripp (Game of Secrets, 2011, etc.) re-creates O'Keeffe's unannounced visit to Alfred Stieglitz's New York gallery, just missing a show of abstract drawings she's been sending him from Texas—truly, one of the sexiest "meets" of all time. In short order, he rehangs all of the work so he can photograph her with it and within a year, has thrown over his dismal-but-financially-advantageous 25 years of marriage to nest with his young sibyl and capture every inch of her with his camera. The nudes revive his career, but what's in it for O'Keeffe, who hasn't sold a painting? Tripp soon locates the wrinkle in this storybook relationship: "You will be a legend," Stieglitz tells O'Keeffe, if she sticks with her more representational (and sexually provocative) studies of oversize flowers—which will more easily win over critics and attract customers who tend to shy away from purely abstract work. She takes the advice and is crowned best woman painter of the modernist generation. Over time, O'Keeffe gets pulled back to the Southwestern landscape, the one place she can free her mind of her lover's unquenchable thirst for young female adoration and—most bitter to her—his refusal to father a child (he has his reasons). Artful dialogue and snappy segues whiz a reader through 30 years of professional and domestic Sturm und Drang plus cameo appearances by members of the era's avant-garde art scene (including one or two who tempt O'Keeffe to turn tables on Stieglitz). In the end, it's not fidelity she craves but space to make art as she did when she was "nobody": "This is, after all, what I learned from [Stieglitz]: to keep what I want to myself. To reveal only what I want to be seen." A year before the centennial of that first one-woman show, Tripp's portrait makes a compelling primer to O'Keeffe's early career—and, yes, more than a love story.(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2016)
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10468579
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Tripp, Dawn Clifton
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3620.R57
LC item number
G46 2015
Literary form
fiction
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  • O'Keeffe, Georgia
  • Stieglitz, Alfred
Target audience
adult
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a novel of Georgia O'Keeffe
Label
Georgia : a novel of Georgia O'Keefe, Dawn Tripp
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rdacarrier
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rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 318 pages
Isbn
9781400069538
Lccn
2015012643
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • 906936714
  • (OCoLC)906936714
Label
Georgia : a novel of Georgia O'Keefe, Dawn Tripp
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 318 pages
Isbn
9781400069538
Lccn
2015012643
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Imprint varies.
System control number
  • 906936714
  • (OCoLC)906936714

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