The arid desert terrain of New Mexico, where O’Keeffe spent many months in her Ghost Ranch house, was littered with animal bones which she often collected and painted. She frequently positioned these bones alongside flowers in her pieces to express how she felt about the desert she enjoyed so much.
Horse's Skull with Pink Rose
Date of work
Oil on canvas, 101.6 x 76.2 cm Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of the Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation 1994 Photo: ©2015. Digital image Museum Associates/ LACMA/ Art Resource NY/ 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.