The distinctive landscape of the New Mexico desert was a constant source of inspiration for O’Keeffe, from her first visit to the area in 1929. She discovered Ghost Ranch in 1934 where she made many painting trips and purchased a house there in 1940. O’Keeffe’s paintings of New Mexico terrain and the natural objects she found there became some of her best known works.
Red and Yellow Cliffs
Date of work
Oil on canvas 61 x 91.4 cm The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Alfred Stieglitz Collection, Bequest of Georgia O'Keeffe, 1986 (1987.377.4) Photo: ©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.