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Red Hills with the Pedernal

Georgia O'Keeffe

American Art

Georgia O’Keeffe was one of many artists who found renewal and inspiration in the stark natural beauty of New Mexico. In this work, she rendered the Pedernal, a mesa in the Jemez Mountains and one of her favorite subjects, in her characteristic style of reductive realism, simplifying natural forms into their essential shapes. O’Keeffe’s technique of blending and smoothing strokes of pastel with a finger or brush allowed her to achieve subtle modulations of hues and values, effects also evident in her oil paintings.
MEDIUM Pastel on paper mounted to wood-pulp board
DATES 1936
DIMENSIONS 21 1/2 x 27 1/4 in. (54.6 x 69.2 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Bequest of Georgia O'Keeffe
RIGHTS STATEMENT copyright transferred to Brooklyn Museum, 2006
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CAPTION Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887-1986). Red Hills with the Pedernal, 1936. Pastel on paper mounted to wood-pulp board, 21 1/2 x 27 1/4 in. (54.6 x 69.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Georgia O'Keeffe, 87.136.4. copyright transferred to Brooklyn Museum, 2006
IMAGE overall, 87.136.4_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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