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Peru - Machu Picchu, Morning Light

A work made of oil on canvas.
© 2018 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1957

Artist:

Georgia O’Keeffe
American, 1887–1986

About this artwork

In Peru—Machu Picchu, Morning Light, Georgia O’Keeffe portrayed not the remains of the 15th-century royal Inca estate but the steep side of a nearby mountain thrusting up to the sky. She admired the archaeological site, but preferred the dramatic terrain: “The great ruin of Machu Picchu … is in the most beautiful green sheer mountains … a peak rises up above the big ruin, across the river—terraced so that I wouldn’t dream of trying to go up it—it is so sheer—the mts. were to me more wonderful than the ruin.” O’Keeffe spent three months in Peru in 1956, but only painted the Peruvian landscape a few times.

Status

On View, Gallery 265

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Georgia O'Keeffe

Title

Peru - Machu Picchu, Morning Light

Place

United States (Object made in)

Date

1957

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

61 × 45.7 cm (24 × 18 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Paul and Gabriella Rosenbaum

Reference Number

2002.75

Copyright

© 2018 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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