Blog >> Georgia O'Keeffe

  • Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) her love affair with New Mexico began in 1929 when she first visited the state. By 1940, she had purchased property in Abiquiu at Ghost Ranch, a sprawling 21,000-acre ranch run by the Presbyterian Church. In 1946, after the death of her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, who propelled her career as one of the most important female artists of the 20th century, O’Keeffe moved permanently to her ranch in Abiquiu where she spent the rest of her life. The artist’s images of skulls and flowers have become an ubiquitous representation of the American southwest. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe in the most widely attended cultural institution in New Mexico. Her Abiquiu home and studio was designated a Historic National Landmark in 1998. When she died in 1986, in accordance with her wishes, her body was cremated and her ashes were scattered at the top of Pedernal Mountain, located in the expansive northern New Mexico vista immortalized in her paintings that is often referred to “O’Keeffe Country.”