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Gerald's Tree II

Copyright Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Copyright Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
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Gerald's Tree II

Artist: Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887 - 1986)

Date: 1937
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
40 × 30 inches (101.6 × 76.2 cm)
Frame: 42 1/2 × 33 1/8 × 1 1/2 inches (108 × 84.1 × 3.8 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Credit Line: Purchase of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, 1987
Object number: 31.222.1
Accession Number: 1987.1.1
Label Text:Georgia O’Keeffe depicted a dead cedar tree located in the red hills of Ghost Ranch. By magnifying and cropping the elegant, simplified form of the tree and juxtaposing it with the sweeping alluvial folds of the red hills, she transformed the ordinary into something abstract and mysterious. She named the tree after author and friend Gerald Heard, who was enamored with it while visiting her in New Mexico.
Provenance: Georgia O'Keeffe, 1937-1971; purchased 1971 by Doris Bry, New York, New York; David Suskind, New York, New York, 1971-1986; (Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York, New York); purchased January 13, 1987 by Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art
Exhibitions:
  • Bierstadt to O'Keeffe: Highlights from the Stark Museum of Art
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