From the Plains I

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Artist: Georgia O'Keeffe, American, 1887-1986
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Oil on canvas
47 11/16 x 83 5/8in (121.1 x 212.4cm)
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Gift of the Estate of Tom Slick
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This painting expresses O'Keeffe's spiritual and emotional ties to the West Texas landscape. In 1916, while she was teaching in Canyon, Texas, O'Keeffe wrote a letter to Alfred Stieglitz:
The plains - the wonderful great big sky - makes me want to breathe so deep that I'll break - There is so much of it....It seems so funny that a week ago it was the mountains I thought the most wonderful - and today it's the plains - I guess it's the feeling of bigness in both that just carries me away...
O'Keeffe's fascination with vast landscapes became even more evident in the 1930s when she spent summers in New Mexico, eventually moving there permanently in 1949. Emotional and artistic expansiveness endured in the magnificent New Mexico landscape paintings for which O'Keeffe is renowned.
American Art in San Antonio Collections; 1958; no. 49
American Artists '76: A Celebration; 1976; no. 43
Georgia O'Keeffe; Nancy Frazier (b.1935); 1990; p. 99-101, 112
Georgia O'Keeffe: Catalogue Raisonné; Barbara Buhler Lynes; 1999; 1262
Modern Art at the McNay: A Brief History and Pictorial Survey of the Collection; William J. Chiego; 2001; p. 171
Georgia O'Keeffe: Selections from One Hundred Flowers, In the West, The New York Years; 2001; p. 110-11
Georgia O'Keeffe: Visions of the Sublime; Joseph Czestochowski; 2004; p. 16; pl. 74
Tom Slick: International Art Collector; William J. Chiego; 2009; p. 78-79
Edith Halpert: The Downtown Gallery and the Rise of American Art; Rebecca Shaykin; 2019; p. 155
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V:\Object Documentation\Paintings\1973.22 O'Keeffe\Georgia O'Keeffe 2001.pdf
V:\Object Documentation\Paintings\1973.22 O'Keeffe\Edith Halpert 2019.pdf


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