Georgia O’Keeffe Country
“Well, well, well… this is wonderful.
No one told me it was like this!”
So said Georgia O’Keeffe upon arriving in New Mexico.
In August 1934, Georgia O’Keefe visited Ghost Ranch, north of Abiquiu, for the first time and decided immediately to live there;.The varicolored cliffs of Ghost Ranch inspired some of her most famous landscapes. In 1977, O’Keeffe wrote: “[the] cliffs over there are almost painted for you—you think—until you try to paint them.” Among guests to visit her at the ranch over the years Ansel Adams was one of them.
Pedernal Mountain is the source of a chert used by the prehistoric Gallina people. It was a favorite subject for O’Keeffe, who once said, “It’s my private mountain. It belongs to me. God told me if I painted it enough, I could have it”.
In accordance with her wishes, her body was cremated and her ashes were scattered to the wind at the top of Pedernal Mountain, over her beloved “faraway”.
Beautiful scenery between Abiquiu and Santa Fe.
I don’t know if O’Keefe arrived in spring or fall. It was wonderful in October, and no one told me it was like this.
O’Keeffe Country is most commonly known as the region in Northern New Mexico that passes Santa Fe, north to Abiquiu.
Alfred Stieglitz photograph of O’Keeffe with sketchpad and watercolors, 1918.
In November, 2014, Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 was sold for $44.4 million at a Sotheby’s auction, makes Georgia O’Keeffe the highest-selling woman in art. See the painting click here.