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         GEORGIA  O'KEEFFE     

georgia o'keeffe


In paying tribute to the career of Georgia O'Keeffe, ARTnews observed that she "devoted her life to distilling in form and color the essence of the world she saw." After the death of her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, in 1946, that world was almost exclusively the American Southwest. Having first visited it in 1929, O'Keeffe developed over time a deep-felt connection to the region. From her ranch home in Abiquiu, New Mexico, she frequently traveled into this desert landscape looking for subjects to paint. In 1964, at age seventy-six, she and a party of friends floated the Colorado River. The group often left the rafts to explore the shoreline and surrounding landscape. Photographer Todd Webb, who had known O'Keeffe for nearly twenty years, created a series of portraits during these excursions. Here he pictured O'Keeffe walking through Twilight Canyon, a narrow and mysterious cavern that abutted the Colorado.

O'Keeffe Walking in Twilight Canyon
Todd Webb (1905–2000)
Gelatin silver print, 1964
Published April 1987
Evans Gallery, Portland, Maine

©Todd Webb
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