Georgia Okeefe

Written by Abby Luttrell
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Georgia O'Keeffe's work has become synonymous with the New Mexico that she painted - and loved. Georgia O'Keeffe first saw Taos, New Mexico in 1929, when she stayed at Mable Dodge Luhan's ranch. She fell in love with the stark mountains, the glistening adobe, the sudden thunderstorms, the pure, bright light.

She called New Mexico "the faraway". O'Keeffe came to Taos at a time when it was a magnet for other artists and writers, such as Edward Hopper, Ansel Adams, Lew Wallace ("Ben-Hur"), D.H. Lawrence, Jack London and Ezra Pound. She moved to New Mexico permanently after the death of her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, in 1946.

Tours At Ghost Ranch

Georgia O'Keeffe settled in a small house in Abiquiu, near Taos, and painted at Ghost Ranch. Ghost Ranch now offers tours of O'Keeffe memorabilia and artworks. The house at Abiquiu can also be viewed.

She painted Pedernal Mountain from Ghost Ranch many times. Those paintings among many others can be seen at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe. After her death in 1986, her ashes were scattered on Pedernal Mountain. Now we have her paintings to show us her clear, intense vision.


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