Georgia O’Keeffe
Quotations


When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.

I hate flowers -- I paint them because they’re cheaper than models and they don’t move.

Marks on paper are free -- free speech -- press -- pictures all go together I suppose.

I don’t very much enjoy looking at paintings in general. I know too much about them. I take them apart.

Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression. It is so spontaneous. And after singing, I think the violin. Since I cannot sing, I paint.

One can not be an American by going about saying that one is an American. It is necessary to feel America, like America, love America and then work.

Before I put a brush to canvas, I question, “Is this mine? . . . Is it influenced by some idea which I have acquired from some man?” . . . I am trying with all my skill to do a painting that is all of women, as well as all of me.



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