O’Keeffe often made studies of the architecture in and around the places she lived throughout her life, ranging from the towering skyscrapers of New York, to the earth-built architecture of the abodes she stayed in in New Mexico. This painting is a beautiful example of a study of both her house at Ghost Ranch and the hills and mountains that inspired her so much in the background.
The House I Live In, 1937
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 35.6 x 76.2 cm Donald Clifford Gallup Papers. Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. © 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.