GeorgiaOKeeffe1GeorgiaO'Keeffe-CallaLillies1924 (2)GeorgiaOKeeffe-JimsonWeed (2)In 1916, when Alfred Stieglitz was presented with charcoal drawings done by a young Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986), he exclaimed: “finally a woman on paper!”

Ms. O’Keeffe’s independence, personal struggles, and unique aesthetic made her a symbol of the “new woman,” according to art critic Barbara Rose in 1967.

With gender neutrality de rigueur and pernicious in America today, Georgia O’Keeffe’s life and work are as relevant as ever.

There are several New York art auctions scheduled for the coming days, that include major works by O’Keeffe, among them: Calla Lilies-1924 at Christie’s Nov. 19 (middle), and Jimson Weed-1932 (bottom photo) at Sotheby’s, Nov. 20.

Photographs: Stephen Wise