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The Black Place

Painting of light-colored sand, gray hills of uncertain size, and a strip of blue sky.
© The Art Institute of Chicago

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  • Painting of light-colored sand, gray hills of uncertain size, and a strip of blue sky.

Date:

1943

Artist:

Georgia O’Keeffe
American, 1887–1986

About this artwork

The Black Place was Georgia O’Keeffe’s name for one of her favorite locations to paint, discovered as she toured New Mexico in her Model A Ford. Located in the Bisti Badlands about 150 miles from Ghost Ranch, the dude ranch north of Abiquiu where O’Keeffe lived in the summer, the Black Place featured a landscape of numerous black and gray hills. O’Keeffe later described the terrain as looking “like a mile of elephants—grey hills all about the same size with almost white sand at their feet.” In The Black Place, she emphasized the rolling continuity of the rounded hills.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 265

Artist

Georgia O'Keeffe

Title

The Black Place

Origin

United States

Date

1943

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

50.8 × 91.4 cm (20 × 36 in.)

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection, gift of Georgia O'Keeffe

Reference Number

1969.834

Copyright

© The Art Institute of Chicago

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