Life and Art
In early 1916, Anita Pulitzer took some of Georgia’s work, for example, to Gallery 291, which belonged to Alfred Stieglitz. Georgia was introduced to Stieglitz through her. “Finally, a woman on paper!” He told Anita.
Georgia’s acquaintance with Gallery 291 dates back to 1908, and she later visited the Stieglitz Gallery on various occasions. Although she always valued Stieglitz’s views as an art critic, she never met Stieglitz in person.
In the fall of 1916, the need for a new job and nostalgia for northern Texas landscapes led O’Keefe to lose her teaching position at West Texas College. She often made short trips to the Palo Daru Valley. The result of these trips is about 50 of her most beautiful watercolor works.
Georgia’s first solo exhibition opened at Gallery 291 in April 1917. Most of her work at that year’s show was watercolors she painted in Texas.
Shortly afterward, Stieglitz decided to close 291 due to some problems but said, “It’s true that my work at the show is over, but I introduced a woman to the world!”
That winter, Georgia got flu, which spread throughout the country in those years. Thus, she was absent from teaching for a long time, and for that reason, she resigned. In the spring of 1918, O’Keefe accepted an offer to emigrate from Texas to New York with the financial support of Stieglitz.