Ida O'Keeffe

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Ida O'Keeffe
Ida Ten Eyck O'Keeffe

(1889-10-23)October 23, 1889
DiedSeptember 27, 1961(1961-09-27) (aged 71)
Other namesIda Ten Eyck
EducationColumbia University

Ida Ten Eyck O'Keeffe (October 23, 1889 – September 27, 1961) was an American visual artist known for oil paintings, watercolors, and monotypes.[1]:6

Early life and career[edit]

Ida O'Keeffe was born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, on October 23, 1889.[1]:15 She was the third of seven children.[2] When Ida was 13, the family moved to Williamsburg, Virginia, where O'Keeffe took drawing classes in summer school at the University of Virginia.[3] With her younger sister Anita and her more famous older sister Georgia, she studied art with local watercolor artist Sara Mann.[1][4] They also had two grandmothers who were artists.[5]

O'Keeffe's artistic start was as a printmaker. She then briefly worked as a nurse before earning her Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University.[2] She painted approximately 70 canvases during her career.[6] Her major themes included colorful, abstracted landscapes, and naturalistic still lifes.[7][8] A number of her works feature lighthouses.[3][9][10] She exhibited some works with her sisters Catherine and Georgia. Georgia gained more fame, partly because of a husband who worked as a well-known photographer and gallerist. O'Keeffe is known to have said, "I'd be famous, too, if I'd have had a Stieglitz."[2] A 1933 review in a newspaper read "Georgia remains supreme."[9]

Collections and exhibitions[edit]

O'Keeffe's first exhibition was in 1927 at the Opportunity Gallery in New York, where she was identified as Ida Ten Eyck, to avoid being compared to her sister, Georgia.[7] In 1974, she was featured in an exhibition in Santa Fe.[11] She was featured in a solo exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art entitled "Ida O'Keeffe: Escaping Georgia's Shadow".[2][5][9][12] Her works will be on display at the Clark Art Institute from July to October 2019.[13] A number of her works may be found in private collections.[14]


O'Keeffe died of a stroke on September 27, 1961 in Whittier, California.[15][11][16]


  1. ^ a b c Canterbury, Sue; Piñon, Erin; Soriano, Francesca; Stephenson, Lea (2018). Ida O'Keeffe: Escaping Georgia's Shadow. Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art. ISBN 9780300214567.
  2. ^ a b c d Julissa Treviño (June 1, 2018). "Ida O'Keeffe Is Finally Getting Her First Solo Museum Exhibition".
  3. ^ a b John Dorfman. "Ida O'Keeffe: Sister Act". Art & Antiques. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  4. ^ Canterbury, Sue (January–February 2019). "The Other O'Keeffe". The Magazine Antiques: 142–149.
  5. ^ a b "Ida O'Keeffe: Escaping Georgia's Shadow". Dallas Museum of Art. May 30, 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  6. ^ Amy Crawford (December 2018). "Who Was Ida O'Keeffe, Georgia's Lesser-Known, But Perhaps More-Talented, Sister?". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Karen Chernick (December 17, 2018). ""Escaping Georgia's Shadow": Ida O'Keeffe Steps Into the Spotlight". Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  8. ^ Michael Hardy (December 2018). "In Dallas, Ida O'Keeffe Could Finally Escape Georgia's Shadow". Texas Monthly. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c Eve M. Kahn (May 29, 2014). "A Sister in the Shadow of Georgia O'Keeffe". The New York Times. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  10. ^ Laura August (November 9, 2018). "Under A Sister's Shadow: IDA O'Keeffe at DMA". Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Ida Ten Eyck O'Keeffe". JLW Collection. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  12. ^ Javier Pes (May 29, 2018). "Georgia O'Keeffe's Sister Ida Was an Artist Too—and Now Her Work Is Finally Emerging From Her Domineering Sibling's Shadow". Artnet. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  13. ^ "Ida O'Keeffe: Escaping Georgia's Shadow Celebrates the Career of a Forgotten American Modernist". The Clark. January 16, 2019. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  14. ^ Kinsey Gidick. "The Other O'Keeffe". Garden & Gun. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  15. ^ 'Ida O'Keefe-obituary,' The Capital Times (Wisconsin), October 12, 1961, pg. 10
  16. ^ Jamie Stengle (May 14, 2018). "Another O'Keeffe emerges for exhibit: Georgia's sister Ida". Star Tribune. Retrieved March 16, 2019.