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  • O’Keeffe: Plains, 1953

    O’Keeffe: Plains, 1953

    Photo © Amy Collier

    Georgia O’Keeffe – American, 1887–1986
    From the Plains I, 1953
    Oil on canvas
    Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio

    This painting expresses O’Keeffe’s spiritual and emotional ties to the West Texas landscape. In 1916, while she was teaching in Canyon, Texas, O’Keeffe wrote a letter to Alfred Stieglitz:

    The plains—the wonderful great big sky—makes me want to breathe so deep that I'll break—There is so much of it… It seems so funny that a week ago it was the mountains I thought the most wonderful—and today it's the plains—I guess it's the feeling of bigness that just carries me away…