Above: The landscape of Georgia O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch in Abiquiú

On her first visit to New Mexico in 1917, Georgia O’Keeffe was awestruck by the state’s vast skies and stark landscapes. She traveled back and forth from New York to northern New Mexico for many years but eventually moved there permanently in 1949. O’Keeffe conveyed her passion for the land and its culture through paintings of sweeping high-desert landscapes and varicolored sandstone cliffs, as well as in still lifes incorporating skulls, feathers, bones and Pueblo pottery.

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