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From the Faraway, Nearby

Georgia O'Keeffe (American, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin 1887–1986 Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Date:
1937
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
36 x 40 1/8in. (91.4 x 101.9cm) Frame (estimated dims): 39 × 43 × 2 in. (99.1 × 109.2 × 5.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1959
Accession Number:
59.204.2
  • Description

    In 1935 O'Keeffe began to experiment with compositions that combined bones and landscapes, without regard to relative size, scale, or perspective. Despite her realistic painting technique, there is no verisimilitude to this scene. The poetic title—conveying longing and loneliness—suggests that the odd juxtaposition of words and images depicts an emotional state of mind as well as a physical location.

  • Exhibition History

    London: Hayward Gallery, Apr. 8-June 27, 1993; Mexico City: El Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, July 15-Oct. 1, 1993; Yokohama: Yokohama Museum of Art, Oct. 30, 1993-Jan. 16, 1994. ¦Georgia O'Keeffe American and Modern¦, cat. #65.

    Washington, DC: The Phillips Collection, April 24, 1999 - July 25, 1999. Santa Fe, New Mexico: The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, August 14, 1999 - October 10, 1999. ¦Georgia O'Keeffe: The Poetry of Things¦. Pg. 129, plate 50 illus. in color.

  • References

    Britta Benke. Georgia O’Keeffe, 1887-1986: Flowers in the Desert. Cologne: Taschen GmbH, 2011, pp. 60 (illustrated in color), 64, 67

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