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Near Abiquiu in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Georgia O’Keeffe

(1887–1986)

 

—New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative —

 
Georgia O’Keeffe Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 20, 2014
1. Georgia O’Keeffe Marker
Inscription. One of America’s great and most celebrated painters of the twentieth century, Georgia O’Keeffe is known for her unique depictions of natural and architectural forms. She began spending summers painting in Northern New Mexico in 1929 and moved from New York to make it her permanent home in 1949. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum was founded in 1997 in Santa Fe to honor her legacy and extraordinary achievement.
 
Erected by the New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative.
 
Location. 36° 13.852′ N, 106° 22.826′ W. Marker is near Abiquiu, New Mexico, in Rio Arriba County. Marker is on Highway 84 (U.S. 84 at milepost 215.5) north of Abiquiu, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. It is between the town of Abiquiu and the entrance to the Ghost Ranch. Marker is in this post office area: Abiquiu NM 87510, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Red Rocks (here, next to this marker); Abiquiú (approx. 3.7 miles away);
Georgia O’Keeffe Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 20, 2014
2. Georgia O’Keeffe Marker
Coelophysis Quarry (approx. 8.7 miles away); Agueda S. Martinez (1898–2000) (approx. 11.7 miles away); El Rito (approx. 12.8 miles away); a different marker also named El Rito (approx. 12.9 miles away); Welcome to the Church of San Juan Nepomuceno (approx. 13.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative was founded in 2005 by members of the New Mexico Women’s Forum in a statewide effort to recognize women’s contributions to New Mexico history on the state’s Official Scenic Historic Markers. The Initiative ensures that women’s diverse histories will be remembered and told, and will inspire and provide a guide for future generations. The 2006 Legislature funded the project.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia Entry. “Between 1929 and 1949, O'Keeffe spent part of nearly every year working in New Mexico. She collected rocks and bones from the desert floor and made
Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) image. Click for full size.
By Alfred Stieglitz, 1918
3. Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986)
Courtesy Wikipedia Commons.
them and the distinctive architectural and landscape forms of the area subjects in her work. ... In August of [1934], she visited Ghost Ranch, north of Abiquiu, for the first time and decided immediately to live there; in 1940, she purchased a house on the ranch property. 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’.” (Submitted on April 21, 2014.) 

2. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. “One of the most significant artists of the 20th century, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) was devoted to creating imagery that expressed what she called “the wideness and wonder of the world as I live in it.” She was a leading member of the Stieglitz Circle artists, headed by Alfred Stieglitz, America’s first advocate of modern art in America. These avant-garde artists began to flourish in New York in the 1910s. O’Keeffe’s images—instantly recognizable as her own —include abstractions, large-scale depictions of flowers, leaves, rocks, shells, bones and other natural forms, New York cityscapes and paintings of the unusual shapes and colors of architectural and landscape forms of northern New Mexico.” (Submitted on April 21, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 21, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 355 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 21, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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