Untitled (Ghost Ranch Landscape)

about 1936
Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887–1986)


Catalogue Raisonné

Lynes 911

Dimensions

Sheet: 39.4 x 58.4 cm (15 1/2 x 23 in.)

Accession Number

2006.1438

Medium or Technique

Watercolor on paper

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Watercolors

Georgia O’Keeffe regarded the weathered mountains of New Mexico’s Jemez range with near mystical reverence. She is believed to have painted this watercolor during her first summer at her beloved Ghost Ranch, which was located on the eastern edge of the range. In this understated virtuoso performance, she made the flow of her glowing colors seem like and act of nature, a metaphor for the formation of the landscape itself. More than a literal depiction, O’Keeffe’s emphasis on the high, undulating horizon against a featureless sky transforms the mountains into an abstract sculptural form.

Inscription

Signed on verso in graphite pencil [probably near the time of the first sale in 1984].

Provenance

The artist; to Gerald Peters Gallery (Sante Fe), 1984; to private collection (Washington, DC), 1984; with Gerald Peters Gallery (New York); from whom purchased by MFA, 20 September 2006.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds by exchange from The Lane Collection and funds donated by the Charles H. Bayley Picture and Paintings Fund, Barbara L. and Theodore B. Alfond, and the Alturas Foundation

Copyright

© Georgia O'Keeffe Museum / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York