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Red Hills and Bones

Georgia O'Keeffe, American, 1887 - 1986

Made in United States, North and Central America


Oil on canvas

29 3/4 × 40 inches (75.6 × 101.6 cm) Framed: 31 1/4 × 41 3/4 × 1 3/4 inches (79.4 × 106 × 4.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
The Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949

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Georgia O'Keeffe began spending summers in New Mexico in 1929, and over the course of the next six decades she turned her brush to the richly colored scenery of the American Southwest. Here, red hills fill the canvas from edge to edge, while the bleached bones in the foreground reflect the hot, dry climate of the region. Like many of O'Keeffe's landscapes, this painting represents a location near her house, Ghost Ranch, distilled to poetic, abstracted shapes that reflect the monumentality she finds in even the simplest natural forms.