Georgia O’Keeffe stands as one of the most compelling. For nearly a century, O’Keeffe’s representations of the beauty of the American landscape were a brave counterpoint to the chaotic images embraced by the art world. Her cityscapes and still life's filled the canvas with wild energy that gained her a following among the critics as well as the public. Though she has had many imitators, no one since has been able to paint with such intimacy and stark precision. With exceptionally keen powers of observation and great finesse with a paintbrush, Georgia O'Keeffe recorded subtle nuances of color, shape, and light that enlivened her paintings and attracted a wide audience.
spending a summer in New Mexico, Georgia O'Keeffe, enthralled by the
barren landscape and expansive skies of the
desert, would explore the
subject of animal bones in her paintings of the 1930s and 1940s. Georgia
found the thin, dry air enabled her to see farther, and at times could
see several approaching thunderstorms in the distance at once.
affectionately referred to the land of northern New Mexico as "the
faraway"...a place of stark beauty and infinite space. Soon after
arrival, Georgia O'Keeffe and Beck where invited to stay at Mable
Dodge Luhan's ranch outside of Taos for the summer. Georgia O'Keeffe
on many pack trips exploring the rugged mountains and deserts of the
On one trip Georgia O'Keeffe visited the D.H. Lawrence ranch and spent
several weeks there. Just as with the flowers, Georgia O'Keeffe painted
the bones magnified and captured the stillness and remoteness of them,
while at the same time expressing a sense of beauty that lies within the