Thursday, July 31, 2014

Georgia O'Keeffe: The Movie

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article on Georgia O'Keeffe, the famous painter, in which I mentioned a movie I hadn't yet seen. Well, now that I have, I really encourage you to watch it! It is an incredibly well done movie, which focuses not only on her as an artist, but which also shows a lot about what kind of a person she was, and the kind of experiences she had during her life. It's a very interesting movie because of the way  it pictures this woman of great character, showing her greatness by means of letting her moments of weakness show. You get a glimpse at what this woman was, and it inspires you to love her painting all the more, because you get a sense of what period of her life you're dealing with when seeing her work.

A great deal of the movie revolves around her relationship with her husband, the photographer Alfred Stieglitz. You see the how the naked pictures drama happened, how Stieglitz was a man full of problems and insecurities with which he dealt by taking a young (woman) artist by the hand, thereby getting the feeling that he "made" her. Just as he did with O'Keeffe. But I think that what I loved the most about this movie was how it showed how Georgia O'Keeffe was a real avant-garde feminist, a woman who took care of herself, and lived the life she wanted to live without asking permission, but also clarifying  naked pictures drama that made her look (at the time) like a nymphomaniac, when she had no intention of revealing those pictures to the world. Quite the contrary, it destroyed a part of her,and handicapped her for a time in her work, as everything she painted was from there on always understood as having a sexual connotation.

Anyway, this movie was to me a revelation, a movie worth seeing from all perspectives. If you want to get a glimpse at who this woman was, and what kind of work she did, here's a link to my previous article about her:

And here's the movie trailer:

Have a great day, and keep your mind sharp!

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