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Red Hills with the Pedernal

Georgia O'Keeffe

American Art

The Pedernal is a flat-topped mountain that commands the Ghost Ranch landscape and is visible for miles in every direction. O’Keeffe was inspired by its unusual topography and regal presence. It became for her what Mount Fuji was for Hokusai or Mont Sainte-Victoire for Paul Cézanne—a compelling natural feature to be explored again and again in different compositions. Late in life, she liked to tell interviewers that she thought if she painted the Pedernal often enough, God would give it to her.
MEDIUM Pastel on paper mounted to wood-pulp board
DATES 1936
DIMENSIONS 21 1/2 x 27 1/4 in. (54.6 x 69.2 cm) frame: 28 3/8 × 22 1/4 × 2 1/2 in. (72.1 × 56.5 × 6.4 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Bequest of Georgia O'Keeffe
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887–1986). Red Hills with the Pedernal, 1936. Pastel on paper mounted to wood-pulp board, 21 1/2 x 27 1/4 in. (54.6 x 69.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Georgia O'Keeffe, 87.136.4. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 87.136.4_PS6.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 87.136.4_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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