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Gray Cross with Blue

Gray Cross with Blue

Artist: Georgia O'Keeffe (1887 Sun Prairie, Wisconsin - 1986 Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Department: Art
Date: 1929
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Canvas: 36 x 24 x 1 in. (91.4 x 61 x 2.5 cm)
Frame: 37 3/8 x 25 3/8 x 1 3/4 in. (94.9 x 64.5 x 4.4 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase, 1983 & 1985 General Obligation Bonds, Frederick R. Weisman Foundation, Ovenwest Corporation, and The Albuquerque Museum Foundation
Object number: PC1985.50.1
DescriptionPenitente cross in sunlight; blue background, dark at top shading to halo of light sky at horizon, lavender hills in distance.
Not on view
Label Text:Gray Cross with Blue is one of he first paintings Georgia O’Keeffe created in New Mexico. She was dedicated to synthesizing her experience of place and expressed that experience in her art. Her larger body of work would come to influence how the rest of the world saw New Mexico. During her first summer here, O’Keeffe reacted strongly to the spirituality of the dry landscape, writing: "I saw the crosses so often – and often in unexpected places – like a dark veil of the Catholic Church spread over the New Mexico landscape....I painted a light cross that I often saw on the road near Alcalde. I looked for it recently, but it is not there....For me, painting the crosses was a way of painting the country."