Untitled (Ghost Ranch Landscape)
Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887–1986)
Sheet: 39.4 x 58.4 cm (15 1/2 x 23 in.)
Medium or Technique
Watercolor on paper
Not On View
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.
Signed on verso in graphite pencil [probably near the time of the first sale in 1984].
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.
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
© Georgia O'Keeffe Museum / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York