Having made the first of many trips to New Mexico the previous year, O’Keeffe was constantly inspired by the distinctive red hills of the area, and made it her permanent home in later life. In Rust Red Hills
, O’Keeffe uses a range of rich colours, exploring the natural form of the local landscape and the variation of colour within the rock formations.
Rust Red Hills
Date of work
Oil on canvas, 40.6 x 76.2 cm Sloan Fund Purchase Brauer Musuem of Art, 62.02 Valpariaso 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.