O’Keeffe made many studies of the flat-top mountain Pedernal that was visible from her Ghost Ranch house in New Mexico. In this painting she uses colour to show the contrast between the distinctive red hills of the immediate area, in comparison to what O’Keeffe described as ‘a blue mountain’ in the far distance.
Pedernal with Red Hills (Red Hills with the Pedernal)
Date of work
Oil on linen, 50.2 x 75.6 cm Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art, Bequest of Helen Miller Jones, 1986 (1986.137.18) © 2016 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/ DACS, London Photo: by Blair Clark
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.