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Mule Skull with Turkey Feather

Delicately rendered monochrome drawing of a mule skull seen from the front, with a large feather leaning against its right side.
© 2018 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • Delicately rendered monochrome drawing of a mule skull seen from the front, with a large feather leaning against its right side.

Date:

c. 1936

Artist:

Georgia O’Keeffe
American, 1887-1986

About this artwork

Born in Wisconsin, Georgia O’Keeffe divided her time between New York and New Mexico in the years 1929–49. Her first retrospective was mounted by the Art Institute of Chicago in 1943. An influential member of the circle of early modernists that formed around her husband, photographer and dealer Alfred Stieglitz, she was particularly recognized for her synthesis of abstraction and representation, as well as for her superb technical skill. Frequently taking inspiration from natural forms of the Southwest, O’Keeffe rendered two distinct objects—a skull and a feather—in this strong, yet subtle drawing, paying particular attention to the formal relationships between
the two.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Georgia O'Keeffe

Title

Mule Skull with Turkey Feather

Origin

United States

Date

1936

Medium

Graphite on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

543 x 391 mm

Credit Line

Margaret Fisher Endowment

Reference Number

1992.178

Copyright

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

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