Ram's Head, White Hollyhock-Hills (Ram's Head and White Hollyhock, New Mexico)
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Beyond Borders and Boundaries, 20th and 21st Centuries
In this surreal image, a ram’s skull and single hollyhock blossom assume monumental presence, floating mysteriously against cloudy skies and above a sweeping, undulant landscape that makes up the immediate foreground. Georgia O’Keeffe first traveled to New Mexico in 1929; soon thereafter she began collecting animal skulls and bones, motifs to which she returned repeatedly throughout her career. This painting marked a new direction for O’Keeffe’s evolving modernist style when it was exhibited in 1936 at photographer Alfred Stieglitz’s New York–based gallery, An American Place.
Oil on canvas
30 x 36in. (76.2 x 91.4cm)
frame: 37 x 43 x 2 in. (94 x 109.2 x 5.1 cm) (show scale)
Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal
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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 36in. (76.2 x 91.4cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal, 1992.11.28 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.11.28_PS11.jpg)
overall, 1992.11.28_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2018
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