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Ram's Head, White Hollyhock-Hills (Ram's Head and White Hollyhock, New Mexico)
Georgia O’Keeffe filled her landscapes of the desert Southwest with an abundance of horns and antlers. This painting features an enlarged ram’s skull and antlers hovering emblematically over landscape and sky; the organic lines and complex orifices of these nearly abstract forms conjure associations both phallic and feminine. Sexuality was a complicated issue for O’Keeffe. She famously denied that her landscapes or flower paintings were allegories of the female form, yet their lineage is obviously physical. In both cases, she asserted her own vision of the female body—camouflaged with protective layers of meaning.
- Artist: Georgia O'Keeffe, American, 1887-1986
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1935
- Dimensions: 30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.5 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Modern Life, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 1992.11.28
- Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal 1992.11.28
- Rights Statement: © artist or artist's estate
- Caption: Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887-1986). Ram's Head, White Hollyhock-Hills (Ram's Head and White Hollyhock, New Mexico), 1935. Oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal 1992.11.28, 1992.11.28. © artist or artist's estate
- Record Completeness: Best (86%)