Happy birthday Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986). Behind her in this portrait, taken in 1918 by Alfred Stieglitz, whom she would marry in 1924, you can see one of her early drawings titled “No. 15. Special” which was pivotal in her artistic development. See why.

“Georgia O'Keeffe: A Portrait,” 1918 by Alfred Stieglitz, © The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 

…is brought to you by the impassioned and sometimes anguished love story of photographer Alfred Steiglitz and painter Georgia O'Keeffe.

In a letter to her beloved, O'Keeffe writes:

“I have not wanted to be anything but kind to you, but there is nothing to be kind to you if I cannot be me. And me is something that reaches very far out into the world and all around—and kisses you—a very warm—cool—loving—kiss.”