About this artwork
Georgia O’Keeffe could see the dramatic geological formation known as the White Place, or Plaza Blanca, from a window in her home near Abiquiu, New Mexico. Composed of white stone that provides a stark contrast to the colors of the surrounding terrain, the White Place was whittled and smoothed by water and wind over centuries into a striking formation resembling columns, cliffs, and spires. O’Keeffe painted it a number of times, and in The White Place in Sun, she selected a view that emphasizes a deep cleft in the formation. The V-shaped composition enabled her to focus on the interplay between the brilliant blue sky, the eerie white color, and horizontal striations of the carved rock.
- Georgia O'Keeffe
- The White Place in Sun
- Oil on canvas
- 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22 in.)
- Bequest of Paul and Gabriella Rosenbaum
- © 2018 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York