Featured Question with Forrest: Georgia O’Keeffe

forrest fenn treasure Dear Forrest, Are you a fan of Georgia O’Keefe’s work? And if so, would you share what painting(s) or writing(s) of hers stand out to you most? Thank you.  ~Jessie


I am a fan of Georgia O’Keeffe, but not her work, and my opinion was no mystery to her.  She said I was a low brow.  I countered with a comment something like, “Who says you have to be a snob to enjoy art.”

We liked to argue and all I had to do to start a fight was say something derogatory about modern art.  I once said I wanted to come see her in Abiquiu.  She said, “Well, I’ll make soup and a salad if you won’t complain.”

That’s the way she was and I’ll admit that there was very little not to like about her. f


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14 Responses

  1. anna says:

    No wonder ff appreciated Georgia O’Keeffe, if not her work.

    I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.

    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.

    And, perhaps Forrest’s philosophy of collecting applies to his friendships as well… “If they are old and good I probably like them.”

  2. Jenny Kile says:

    Thanks Forrest and Jessie for yet another interesting Question and Answer! Always appreciate them!

  3. thrillchaser says:

    I find that a surprising and interesting answer. Thanks for providing these questions and answers.

    • anna says:

      I find Forrest’s answer fitting thematically with his TOTC. Georgia O’Keeffe’s greatest thrill in life was music. She was influenced by Kandinski to express that thrill through color and movement in her art.


      If one imaginatively looks for hints in Forrest’s post here, you could make a solid argument that 42’s solution incorporating musical frequencies for ee and ff are valid.

  4. JohnM says:

    Forrest sold O’Keeffe’s works in his gallery, didn’t he? Does anyone know what paintings they were of hers he sold? thanks in advance. JohnM

  5. 23kachinas says:

    I’ve never like Georgia O’Keefe’s works either. I prefer silhouette paintings. Leaves more to the imagination IMO.

  6. Desertphile says:

    I love Ms. O’Keeffe, and I dislike her art. =SHRUG!= Art appreciation is an acquired skill.

  7. Mark J says:

    There was a Georgia O’Keefe exhibition in Indianapolis a while back. I really wanted to go but was not able to. Maybe I did not miss much 😉

  8. JC1117 says:

    Georgia seems like a nice person. I can see why Forrest would like her. I can also see why he isn’t/wasn’t too intrigued with her artistic creations. To each his or her own. Isn’t life great? It’s like a rainbow of fruits and flavors! 🙂 Those who think I’m a fruit have bad taste (flavor?) …if you’re asking me.

    I think if Georgia was kind enough to make soup and a salad for me I would be very gracious and vocal with my gratitude…but deep down I’d be grumbling about why she couldn’t make a nice rack of ribs…or a thick buffalo burger. 🙂

    To each their own.

    • Anna says:

      JC1117 – if you are craving ribs, you can make them yourself and surprise your family. Simply divide and stack the rack sections in a crock pot; cover completely with Dr Pepper and a dash of liquid smoke. Cook 6 hours slow/low heat – rotating ribs bottom to top 2ce. Strain off any grease. Remove ribs, coat with a favorite BBQ sauce and grill for 5 mins on outdoor grill to crisp – tender & flavorful.
      Very easy for a Dr Pepper fan like yourself. Wait, you already have this recipe, right?

      • JC1117 says:

        Thank you SO MUCH, Anna! I vaguely recall seeing that recipe before (on a blog?), but I have never tried it. I do love Dr. Pepper. I drank an ice-cold cup of Dr. Pepper with a double-double, In-and-Out burger (with grilled onions) for lunch this very day. I swears it on my life! 🙂

        I have made slow-cooked ribs on many occasions…but never with Dr. Pepper…nor thrown on the grill afterward. That sounds good enough to try post-haste…or even pre-haste…which has got to be faster…I reckon.

        Thank You!

  9. Kathryn says:

    Not my type of art. It’s okay but I would not want to see it everyday on my walls. Prefer artist from PA.

  10. Jdiggins says:

    Well, if nobody else is gonna say it, I’ll say it. “She was our link”, I believe is the correct quote from suzanne somers to forrest in the video at San lazaro.
    Dunno where that leads but… 🙂

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