The Life of Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico
This is rare footage of 92 year old Georgia O’Keeffe as she traveled back to New Mexico to revisit her days at Ghost Ranch. It is interesting to get a first hand impression of her passion for New Mexico and the hardships and struggles she suffered moving across the Hudson and going out West.
In a time when everyone was searching for the great American novel or great American play, Georgia O’Keeffe was set out to explore the great American frontier. She wanted to depict a side of America that the people back in Manhattan didn’t know of.
Considered a new breed of American painters, Georgia O’Keeffe paintings portrayed the power and emotions of objects set in nature. During the 1920’s, she examined flowers in her paintings. Her purpose was to convey that nature in all its beauty was more powerful then the industrialization of the period. After spending a summer at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, she began a life-long love affair with the area. Enthralled by the barren landscape and unrestrained skies she explored these subjects in her art. Just as with the flowers, she painted the desert area magnifying and capturing the stillness and remoteness, while expressing the sense of beauty that lies within the desert.