O’Keeffe picked up animal skulls from the New Mexico desert when she first started to visit the area and used them as subjects for her paintings. Whether they were set against the unique local landscape or painted in isolation to any natural environment, O’Keeffe’s animal skull paintings were to become some of her most iconic pieces. From the Faraway, Nearby
depicts an extravagant antlered skull floating against a backdrop of the New Mexico landscape that O’Keeffe was so passionate about.
From the Faraway, Nearby, 1937
Date of work
Oil on canvas, 91.4 x 101.9 cm The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1959 Photo: Malcom Varon ? 2015. Image copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art/ Art Resource/ Scala, Florence
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.