A Book Worm

オキーフの家クリスティン・テイラー・パッテン (著) 、マイロン・ウッド (写真)、江國香織 (訳)







「オキーフが中国と日本の美術を愛していたことはよく知られているが、彼女の人生において『茶の本 The Book of Tea』がどれほど重要だったかは、あまり知られていない。『茶の本 The Book of Tea』は、日本の茶道について、岡倉覚三(=岡倉天心)が英文で著した小さな書物で、この本をいかに愛しているか、オキーフは私にくり返し語った。視力の弱くなった彼女のために、私はしょっちゅう、それを読まされたものだ」




  • No.002
  • “Georgia O’Keeffe and Her Houses: Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu”
    Christine Taylor Patten (Author), Myron Wood (Photographer), Kaori Ekuni (Translator)
  • MONDAY, 16st APRIL, 2013 by Yoshiyuki Morioka

Female painter Georgia O’Keeffe represents 20th century America.

This book is a collection of photos of her homes in Abiquiu, New Mexico. I don’t think I’m the only one who finds artist’s homes and ateliers interesting like their works themselves. What I want to provide is “Georgia O’Keeffe and Her Houses: Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu” from among the many wonderful photo collections of the artist’s ateliers as I introduced “The Book of Tea” last time, which relates to her.

As soon as O’Keeffe, who resided in New York, visited this area at 42, she fell under its spell and spent every summer at Ghost Ranch in northern Abiquiu. With her husband, famed gallery 291 owner, Alfred Stieglitz’s death, she moved to Abiquiu in 1949, where she spent the next 40 years of her life until she passed away at 98.

O’Keeffe read “The Book of Tea” keenly throughout her life. Christine Taylor Patten, who took care of her through the final days of her life, wrote in her essay:
“Everyone knows that O’Keeffe loved Chinese and Japanese arts, but no one knows how important “Cha No Hon, The Book of Tea” was in her life. “Cha No Hon, The Book of Tea” is a small book written in English by Kakuzo Okakura (Tenshin Okakura) about the Japanese tea ceremony. O’Keeffe repeatedly told me how she loved this book. I was often asked to read it to her because of her failing eyesight.”

When you look at the photographs of her homes in the book, the words from “The Book of Tea” surely run through the back of your mind. You could even interpret “The Book of Tea” through “Georgia O’Keeffe and Her Houses: Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu”. You’ll also want to open a book of her artistic collections once more. 
There’s also a portrait of 90-year-old Georgia O’Keeffe in the book. It tells us without a doubt of her aged beauty.

We could call this the face of a human who practiced “The Book of Tea”.