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Abiquiu Sand Hills and Mesa

Semiabstracted landscape painting. Light-colored hills with spots of green and brown fill the foreground, while the background presents taller green mountains and blue sky.
© 2018 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • Semiabstracted landscape painting. Light-colored hills with spots of green and brown fill the foreground, while the background presents taller green mountains and blue sky.

Date:

1945

Artist:

Georgia O’Keeffe
American, 1887–1986

About this artwork

After having lived on and off in the region surrounding Abiquiu, in northern New Mexico, for decades, and having painted numerous depictions of the local landscape, Georgia O’Keeffe bought a home there in 1945. The area around her home, marked by sandy hills leading up to large, flat-topped mesas, is shown in Abiquiu Sand Hills and Mesa. The long, horizontal canvas conveys a striking sense of the region’s panoramic views. The brilliant Southwestern light offered O’Keeffe immense visual clarity over many miles, and she translated her perception of distant geological formations—particularly the dark green mesa that dominates the top third of the composition—into an arrangement of stacked bands of color.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 265

Artist

Georgia O'Keeffe

Title

Abiquiu Sand Hills and Mesa

Origin

Abiquiu

Date

1945

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

40.6 × 91.4 cm (16 × 36 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Paul and Gabriella Rosenbaum

Reference Number

2002.74

Copyright

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

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