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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 features an unusually muted palette for Georgia O’Keeffe’s Southwestern paintings: the composition is dominated by shades of white and gray, relieved only by a thin strip of blue sky at the top. “The Black Place” was the name she gave her favorite location to paint, an area of the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness (also known as the Bisti Badlands) located approximately 150 miles west of Abiquiu, New Mexico. While she painted numerous images of the region’s rounded, gray hills, here she depicted a low, sandy crest that reminded her of her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, as she wrote to him: “When I see the country in its silvery beauty and forbidding blackness in my memory—it is so often almost as if I see you too—your silvery hair and grey clothes and black cape.”

Status

On View, Gallery 265

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Georgia O'Keeffe

Title

The Black Place

Place

United States (Artist's nationality)

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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