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Red Hills and Bones

Georgia O'Keeffe, American, 1887 - 1986

Geography:
Made in United States, North and Central America

Date:
1941

Medium:
Oil on canvas

Dimensions:
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

Accession Number:
1949-18-109

Credit Line:
The Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949

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Label:
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.