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Georgia O'Keeffe on New Mexico

Friday, August 08, 2014

She usually traveled in order to find new subjects, and during one particular year, she visited Santa Fe and Taos and was particularly impressed by what she found there, stating that "arriving in New Mexico...Well! Well! Well!... This is wonderful. No one told me it was like this!" Between 1929 and 1949, she spent part of each year working in New Mexico and felt even more close to the country, saying "Anyone who doesn't feel the crosses simply doesn't get that country." and "It is not a country of light on things. It is a country of things in light." She was a loner and traveled the country alone in her Ford Model A. She grew fond of Ghost Ranch and Northern New Mexico, of which she said, "Such a beautiful, untouched lonely feeling place, such a fine part of what I call the 'Faraway.' It is a place I have painted before...even now I must do it again."

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