This is a novel about the life of American master painter Georgia O’Keeffe, her love story with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, and her quest to come of age as a woman. In this novel of a couple, and of passion, betrayal, and art, Georgia comes alive as never before.
Georgia is a young art teacher and artist when she travels from Texas to New York to meet Alfred Stieglitz. He is a married photographer, gallery owner and contemporary art promoter. Their attraction is instant and their love affair begins just as Georgia also begins to develop as an artist. She soon gains notoriety as the artistic muse for Stieglitz’s renown nudes series. But Georgia begins to feel trapped in her role as subject while trying to hold her own in the art world. Her desire to be seen and understood as an independent woman and artist pushes the boundaries of her relationship. And, we watch as it transforms her into the powerfully independent woman and artist that we know of today. You can see her independence shine through in the forward, “This is not a love story. If it were, we would have the same story. But he has his, and I have mine.”
For fans of the iconic artist, you will enjoy delving into her personal life and see this transformation for yourself. The story itself is quite romantic and inspirational. Her struggles and feelings, very real. It gave me a little more insight into this artist that I have to admit, I idolize. I read this with my Georgia O’Keeffe print books handy so that I might see the paintings that are mentioned throughout the book. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum website was useful as well. Check out Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe if you are in the mood for the romantic but very interesting story of an iconic artist.