Evening Star

Georgia O'Keeffe's "Starlit Night, 1917."

Georgia O’Keeffe moved into, out of and around West Texas in her twenties, and the wide open skies she found there changed her life. For several years she taught art, soaked up the atmosphere, and made some of her most enduring work, like “Evening Star VI, 1917.”

“That evening star fascinated me. It was in some way very exciting to me. My sister had a gun, and as we walked she would throw bottles into the air and shoot as many as she could before they hit the ground. I had nothing but to walk into nowhere and the wide sunset space with the star. Ten watercolors were made from that star,” O’Keeffe is to have said, according to Joan Didion.
Those works, and others, known as the Canyon Suite, were painted during the year before she moved back to New York City to become famous. Wandering around Marfa, Texas myself these last few days, I love to imagine the landscape through the eyes of Georgia O’Keeffe, and to imagine O’Keeffe through the eyes of Alfred Stieglitz, who became her lover back in the city.

Georgia O'Keeffe. Evening Star, No. III

O'Keeffe photographed by Stieglitz in 1918.