Georgia O’Keeffe – part 6

Georgia O’Keeffe in 1950
photograph by Carl Van Eechten
Library of Congress, Washington, DC

One of the pioneers of American modernism, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) was a member of Alfred Stieglitz’s circle of progressive artists who made it their mission to create a new and distinctly American art. She was one of the few women in the group and, to her frustration, contemporary critics often highlighted the ability of her work to express  “femaleness.” In 1922 she complained that critics  “make me seem like some strange unearthly sort of creature floating in the airbreathing in clouds for nourishmentwhen the truth is that I like beef steakand like it rare at that.” 

Born in Wisconsin, she studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and later at the Art Students League in New York. She married photographer Alfred Stieglitz in 1924, and during a long career created images of cityscapes, abstractions, landscapes, and her celebrated flower paintings. She taught for four years in Texas, where the wide-open spaces profoundly affected her art. In 1929 she started spending months at a time in New Mexico, telling friends in New York that  “I never feel at home in the East the way I do out here … I feel like myselfand I like it.” After Stieglitz died, O’Keeffe settled in New Mexico and created haunting images of sun-bleached bones, clouds, and mesas. She was a true  “Santa Fe character,” dressed severely in black or white, with her long dark hair pulled tightly back.

This is part 6 of 11 on the works of Georgia O’Keeffe:



1929 Porcelain Rooster
pastel on paperboard 38.1 x 20.6 cm

1929 Ranchos Church
oil on canvas 61.2 x 91.7 cm
 © The Phillips Collection, Washington DC

1930-31 Ranchos Church, New Mexico
oil on canvas 61.6 x 91.4 cm
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth Texas
 © 2022 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


1930-31 Ranchos Church, New Mexico
(details not found)

1929 Taos Pueblo
oil on canvas 61 x 101 cm
Centre Pompidou, Paris

1929 The Lawrence Tree
oil on canvas 78.7 x 101.6 cm
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut

1929 White Flower
oil on canvas 76.2 x 91.5 cm
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio
© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

1929 Wooden Virgin
oil on board 58.9 x 25.7 cm
Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

1929 Yellow Cactus
oil on canvas 76.2 x 106.7 cm approx.
Dallas Museum of Art, Texas
© The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

1929-30 Hill – Alcade II
pencil on paper 20.6 x 29.5 cm

1929-30 Small HIlls near Alcade
pencil on paper 18.1 x 25.4 cm
© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1929-30 Soft Grey, Alcalde Hill
oil on canvas 25.5 x 61.2 cm
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
© 2022 Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

1930 Another Place Near Abiquiu
oil on canvas 25.4 x 38.1 cm

1930 Bear Lake, New Mexico
oil on canvas 60.9 x 22.8 cm
© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1930 Black Hollyhock, Blue Larkspur
oil on canvas 76.5 x 101.6 cm
© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1930 Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico – Out Back of Marie’s II
oil on canvas 61.6 x 92.1 cm
© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1930 Church Steeple
oil on canvas 76.5 x 40.9 cm
© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1930 Dark Mesa with Pink Sky
oil on canvas 41.3 x 76.5 cm
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth Texas
© 2022 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum – Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
1930 New Mexican Landscape
oil on canvas 41.3 x 76.2 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA

1930 New Mexico Landscape and Sand Hills
oil on canvas 40.6 x 76.2 cm

1930 On the Old Santa Fe Road
oil on canvas 40.6 x 76.2 cm

1930 Rust Red Hills
oil on canvas 40.6 x 76.2 cm
Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, Indiana
© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

1930 Sand Hill, Alcalde
oil on canvas 40.6 x 76.2 cm
(very similar to “New Mexico – Near Taos” in part 5)

1930 Untitled (Landscape)
watercolour and pencil on paper 16.5 x 26 cm

1930-36 Untitled (Flowers in Vase)
watercolour and graphite on paper 40 x 29.8 cm
© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico

c1930-36 Untitled (Lily)
pencil on paper 26.7 x 38.1 cm

1930c Black Cross with Stars and Blue
oil on canvas 101.6 x 76.2 cm

1931 Back of Marie’s No. 4
 oil on canvas 40.6 x 76.2 cm
© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1931 Cow’s Skull: Red, White, and Blue
oil on canvas 101.3 x 91.1 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1931 Cow’s Skull with Calico Roses
oil on canvas 91.4 x 61 cm
© The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

1931 Coxcomb
oil on canvas 50.8 x 43.2 cm
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum-Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

1931 Horse’s Skull with Pink Rose
oil on canvas 101.6 x 76.2 cm
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
 © Museum Associates/LACMA

1931 Jawbone and Fungus
oil on canvas 43.1 x 50.8 cm
University of Rochester, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York

1931 Near Abiquiu, New Mexico
oil on canvas 40.6 x 91.4 cm

1931 Pink Roses and Larkspur
pastel on board 40.6 x 30.5 cm

1932 Bleeding Heart
pastel on paper-faced grey cardboard 39.4 x 25.4 cm
© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1932 East River
charcoal on paper 46.6 x 60.9 cm
© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1932 Green Mountains, Canada
oil on canvas 30.5 x 91 cm
© The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

1932 Jimson Weed / White Flower No. 1
oil on canvas 121.9 x 101.6 cm

1932 Manhattan
oil on canvas 214.3 x 122.4 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC

1932 Nature Forms – Gaspé
oil on canvas 25.7 x 61 cm
1932 Stables
oil on canvas 30.4 x 81.2 cm
Detroit Institute of Arts, MI

1932 White Barn, No. 1 – Canada
oil on canvas 40.6 x 76.2 cm

1934 Banana Flower
charcoal on paper 55.2 x 37.7 cm
MoMA, New York 
© 2022 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum – Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

1934 Banana Flower No. II
charcoal on paper 55.5 x 36.8 cm
© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1934 Eagle Claw and Bean Necklace
charcoal on paper 48.5 x 63.9 cm
MoMA, New York 
© 2022 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum – Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

1934 Special No. 40
graphite on wove paper 41 x 27.9 cm
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
© The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum – Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

1935 Ram’s Head, White Hollyhock-Hills
(Ram’s Head and White Hollyhock, New Mexico)
 oil on canvas 76.2 x 91.4 cm
Brooklyn Museum, New York
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