In 1940, Georgia O’Keeffe purchased her Ghost Ranch home. She had been visiting Taos and the surrounding areas every summer since 1929 but she decided upon the remote village of Abiquiú to settle. O’Keeffe transformed the residence into her studio, installing large picture windows and placing a ladder on the side of the house, so she could climb onto the roof and view the majestic mountains and canyons surrounding her.
The location of the Ghost Ranch home enabled O'Keeffe to paint the stunning views of Pedernal Mountain, the vast desert, and the red-orange cliffs of New Mexico in an intimately personal environment.
This work was painted during the artist's first summer at Ghost Ranch and depicts the side of the home.O’Keeffe captured the white washed walls, deep earth red roof, and yellow ochre outlines, contrasted against a saturated blue sky. The wooden beams in the roof cast deep shadows on the white walls in a geometric rhythm. The simple shape of the structure appealed to O’Keeffe’s reductionist modern taste and provided many opportunities for her to explore geometric patterning within her artistic practice.
O’Keeffe felt a profound emotional and artistic attachment to not only the Northern New Mexico landscape, but the structures that gave her a sense of home.
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Georgia O'Keeffe. The Patio No. I, 1940. Oil on canvas, 24 x 19 in. Private Collection.
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