O’Keeffe was continually inspired by nature and often collected natural objects such as flowers, sea shells and animal bones to use as subjects for her paintings. During her visits to New Mexico she would come across animal bones and skulls that were scattered across the desert landscape. This piece depicts a horse’s skull isolated from any kind of natural setting, which is how O’Keeffe painted many of the natural objects she collected.
Horse's Skull on Blue, 1930
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 76.2 x 40.6 cm Collection of Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe; Gift of Oliver B. James © 2016 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/DACS, London
Georgia O’Keeffe is best known for her paintings of magnified flowers, animal skulls and New Mexico desert landscapes. O’Keeffe made her debut in 1916 and was immediately recognised as a trailblazing artist, while today her legacy as an American art icon and a pioneer of twentieth-century art is widely recognised.
‘Men put me down as the best woman painter I think I’m one of the best painters.’ Georgia O’Keeffe.