Georgia O’Keeffe in Texas: A Guide
by Paul H. Carlson and John T. Becker
Georgia O’Keeffe, a superbly gifted American artist usually associated with New Mexico, spent nearly four years in Texas, most of them in the Panhandle. She taught art in the public schools of Amarillo for two years, 1912-1914, and headed the art department at West Texas Normal College (now West Texas A & M University) in Canyon from the fall of 1916 to early 1918. She then went for a few months to Waring, Texas, northwest of San Antonio.
There are scores of books on Georgia O’Keeffe. The books are of various lengths, covering her life, art, and influence on other artists; her time spent in New Mexico; and her relationship with and marriage to Alfred Stieglitz. By comparison, however, there is little on O’Keeffe’s years in Texas.
Georgia O’Keeffe in Texas: A Guide is different from previous O’Keeffe studies, as it provides a short biography of O’Keeffe on the people and events that influenced her Texas years. The authors are neither artists nor professional art critics, but are historians of the American West who have an interest in Georgia O’Keeffe. They believe her years in Texas, especially the Texas Panhandle, were significant for her subsequent development as a thoroughly modern American artist. This book is designed to work as a guide to O’Keeffe’s life and work in Texas, and reveals an even more fascinating figure in the process.