Georgia O’Keeffe? Roxana Robinson? Apocryphal?
Dear Quote Investigator: The influential American modernist painter Georgia O’Keeffe applied a lovely expression to a close friend. She called the person “one of my nicest thoughts”. Would you please help me to find a citation?
Quote Investigator: Georgia O’Keeffe had a close relationship with her sister Catherine O’Keeffe Klenert. On December 25, 1928 the artist sent a letter to her sibling containing the target expression. The missive was retained by Catherine, and many years later it was examined by the biographer Roxana Robinson who published “Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life” in 1989. Catherine had married and given birth to a daughter by 1928, and Georgia was proud of her honesty and self-reliance: 1
“She thought Catherine was the only one who had made a success of her life,” said a friend. Georgia felt more than respect for Catherine: though she offered everyone else a handshake, Georgia put her arm around Catherine. As she wrote her sister, “You are one of my nicest thoughts.”
One additional citation and the conclusion are below.
- 1989 Copyright, Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life by Roxana Robinson, Part IV: 1929-1946: A Fair Division: New York and New Mexico, Chapter 27, Quote Page 440 and 603, Harper & Row, New York. (Verified with hardcopy) ↩