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Girl with Brush and Canvas: Georgia O'Keeffe, American Artist

At the age of 12, Georgia O'Keeffe announced that she wanted to be an artist. With the support of her family, O'Keeffe attended boarding schools with strong art programs, and after graduating, went to live with an aunt and uncle in Chicago to attend the city's highly regarded Art Institute. Illness forced O'Keeffe to leave Chicago, but once she'd recovered, her family scraped together funds to send her to New York to study at the Art Students League. When her family fell on hard times, she left without the degree she needed.

Discouraged, but unwilling to give up her dream, O'Keeffe found a different path. She became an art teacher in schools in Texas and South Carolina, honing her own craft as she taught her students. O'Keeffe never gave up her dream, no matter what obstacles she encountered — she knew she was meant to be an artist. The life of artist Georgia O'Keeffe is revealed in this beautiful biographical novel.

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"The story opens with young narrator 'Georgie' making the remarkably self-aware observation: 'I did not have in mind just drawing pretty pictures — I was going to be an artist. There was a difference.' What follows is a fictionalized chronicle of her life from 12 to 42 years old.... Georgia addresses gender inequality of the times, for instance vocalizing how much she hates being known as a 'woman artist' — but not racism, despite the white character’s time in the South. Peers and authority figures encourage her to conform to custom, but she refuses, preferring instead to be 'provocative' and embracing her 'misfit' status." — Kirkus Reviews

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Recommended Age 11 and up
Author Carolyn Meyer
ISBN 1629799343
Publication Date Feb 5, 2019
Publisher Calkins Creek
Language English