The White Place in Sun

A work made of oil on canvas.
© 2018 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1943

Artist:

Georgia O’Keeffe
American, 1887–1986

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.

On View

American Art, Gallery 265

Artist

Georgia O'Keeffe

Title

The White Place in Sun

Origin

United States

Date

1943

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Paul and Gabriella Rosenbaum

Reference Number

2002.73

Copyright

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

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