Paintbrush Queen of the Southwest: Georgia O’Keeffe

I grew up with Georgia O’Keeffe as a constant art inspiration. In elementary school, I created my own interpretations of her flower paintings. Later, in middle school I recreated some of her abstracts with tiles to create massive mosaics. By far my favorite O’Keeffe paintings, however, are her New Mexico landscapes. I was born and raised in New Mexico, and I can vouch that her paintings capture both the spirit and beauty of this place.

Georgia O’Keeffe, My Front Yard, Summer, 1941, Oil on canvas, 20 x 30 inches, Gift of the Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation, ©Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

I love O’Keeffe’s paintings because, well, I live in them. The above painting portrays her front yard in Abiquiu, New Mexico, just a few hours away from my home. It really is a beautiful place.

Chama River in Abiquiu, NM

Anyway, I think her paintings are beautiful. I love all of her New Mexico-inspired paintings, including her landscapes and her still lifes like the one below:

Georgia O’Keeffe, Ram’s Head, Blue Morning Glory, 1938, Oil on canvas, 20 x 30 inches, Gift of the Burnett Foundation, ©Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

But who can forget her excellent abstracts? Especially the one that resembles a vulva (but is NOT, as O’Keeffe insists, a vulva at all):

Georgia O’Keeffe, Music, Pink and Blue No. 2, 1918. Oil on canvas, 35 × 29 1/8 in. (88.9 × 74 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Emily Fisher Landau in honor of Tom Armstrong 91.90 © 2009 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

In any case, she is a wonderful painter worth learning about and checking out. Those of you who are really inspired should visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico and tour Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu to really experience that land that so inspired her. It will definitely inspire you, too!

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