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This unique book offers remarkable insight into the life and work of one of America’s most celebrated artists. The photographs and the accompanying text offer, for the first time, a compelling picture of Georgia O’Keeffe’s life in New Mexico.
Georgia O’Keeffe’s two houses in New Mexico—at Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch—are essential elements in her paintings, but their history has never before been detailed.
Quoting liberally from the artist’s letters, Barbara Buhler Lynes and Agapita Judy Lopez create a vibrant picture of O’Keeffe (1887–1986) and her homes, which have long intrigued the public. They explain how each home satisfied difference aspects of O’Keeffe’s personal and professional needs and how she gradually transformed these Pueblo Revival–style houses to reflect her modernist aesthetic.
An essay by architect Beverly Spears describes the distinctive characteristics of adobe construction.
The bountiful illustrations include photographs made especially for this book showing the houses as they are today, photographs of O’Keeffe at home by major photographers, and her paintings of the houses and the landscapes surrounding them.
As O’Keeffe herself wrote about these two special locations, “I feel at home here—I feel quiet—my skin feels close to the earth when I walk out into the red hill as I did last night—my cat following along like a dog.” If you are interested in truly understand an artist’s work, you want to understand her heart and her home. This unique book will do that for everyone who loves, and wants to understand more, about the life and art of Georgia O’Keeffe.