A New Mexico Icon: Georgia O’Keefe Museum







Georgia O’Keefe is a New Mexico icon as well as one of the most influential modern artists in history. She called New Mexico her inspiration and her adopted home.  Her constant experimentation with vibrant colors, clean lines and modern subject matter is what made her work iconic.

Her art is a pure and elegant example of nature’s magnificent beauty.  New Mexico has forever been put on the map because of Georgia O’Keefe.  This museum truly encompasses the beauty of New Mexico and Georgia O’Keefe’s incredible talent.

“Nobody sees a flower; it is so small.  We haven’t time and it takes time- like to have a friend takes time.”- Georgia O’Keefe

Georgia grew up on a diary farm in Wisconsin.  She took watercolor lessons as a child.  Then in 1912 she took a art class at University of Virginia and her teacher spotted her potential.  He pushed her to create.

She had her first art show in 1915.  Her abstract charcoal drawings drew public attention.  In 1918, she moved to New York City with Albert Stieglitz, a famous photographer. They married.

One of the exhibits on display was of their trip to Hawaii.  Dole, the pineapple company, funded them to create Hawaiian inspired art for their brand.  It was phenomenal to see her work transform from desert to tropics.  And Albert Stieglitz work was of course breathtaking.  He captured the texture of Hawaii and the focused on the unique terrain.

In 1929, she came to New Mexico on a whim and ended up enchanted by the state.  After her husband’s death she made Taos her home then traveled around New Mexico exploring the unique landscapes of each town and city.  She purchased Ghost Ranch near Abiquiu, NM in 1940.  Through 1950s and 1960s she traveled the world to paint.

To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage- Georgia O’Keefe

217 Johnson Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501


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