Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico/Out Back of Marie’s II

Alcalde, New Mexico, USA
Oil on canvas mounted on board
61.6 x 92.1 cm
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, gift of The Burnett Foundation
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“When I got to New Mexico: that was mine. As soon as I saw it: that was my country. I’d never seen anything like it before, but it fitted to me exactly.”

– Georgia O’Keeffe, 1977

Georgia O’Keeffe began spending extended periods in New Mexico in 1929. In 1949, she moved there permanently. O’Keeffe painted this view across the Rio Grande Valley from the ranch of her friend Marie Tudor Garland. This area inspired a dozen O’Keeffe paintings over the next two years.