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Ram's Head, White Hollyhock-Hills (Ram's Head and White Hollyhock, New Mexico)

Georgia O'Keeffe

American Art

In this surreal image, a ram’s skull and single hollyhock blossom assume monumental presence, floating mysteriously against cloudy skies and above a sweeping, undulant landscape that makes up the immediate foreground. Georgia O’Keeffe first traveled to New Mexico in 1929; soon thereafter she began collecting animal skulls and bones, motifs to which she returned repeatedly throughout her career. This painting marked a new direction for O’Keeffe’s evolving modernist style when it was exhibited in 1936 at photographer Alfred Stieglitz’s New York–based gallery, An American Place.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1935
DIMENSIONS 30 x 36in. (76.2 x 91.4cm) frame: 37 x 43 x 2 in. (94 x 109.2 x 5.1 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887–1986). Ram's Head, White Hollyhock-Hills (Ram's Head and White Hollyhock, New Mexico), 1935. Oil on canvas, 30 x 36in. (76.2 x 91.4cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal, 1992.11.28 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.11.28_PS11.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1992.11.28_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2018
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