About This Artwork

Georgia O'Keeffe
American, 1887–1986

Red Hills with Flowers, 1937

Oil on canvas
50.8 x 63.5 cm (20 x 25 in.)

Bequest of Hortense Henry Prosser, 1992.649

© 2018 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Fascinated by contrasts in scale, Georgia O’Keeffe frequently juxtaposed enlarged still-life elements with far-off landscapes, as seen in Black Cross, New Mexico. She continued this practice in Red Hills with Flowers, an image of vibrant flowers magnified and set against the red hills that surrounded her New Mexico home. The striking colors of the land intrigued her, and she later equated the area’s myriad hues with artist paints: “All the earth colors of the painter’s palette are out there in the many miles of badlands. The light Naples yellow through the ochers—orange and red and purple earth—even the soft earth greens.”

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Art Institute of Chicago, "America After the Fall: Painting in the 1930s," June 5-September 18, 2016; travels to Paris, Musee de l'Orangerie, October 15, 2016-January 30, 2017; London, Royal Academy, February 25-June 4, 2017, not in cat. (Paris only).

Publication History

Barbara Buhler Lynes, "Georgia O'Keeffe: Catalogue Raisonné," (National Gallery of Art/Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation/Yale University Press, 1999) no. 926 (vol. 1).

Judith A. Barter et al., "American Modernism at the Art Institute of Chicago, From World War I to 1955," (Art Institute of Chicago/Yale University Press, 2009), cat. 69.

Ownership History

Hortense Prosser Trust, Lake Forest Ill., by 1992; bequeathed to the Art Institute, 1992.

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