On March 12, The Arts Society The Hague presents a lecture by historian and curator James Russell about American artist Georgia O’Keeffe, best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes. The lecture starts at 8pm and will be held at theater De Warenar in Wassenaar.
This colourful lecture explores the relationship between an extraordinary American painter Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) and an equally remarkable place: the picturesque state of New Mexico. Having visited the mountain art colony of Taos for the first time in 1929, she moved permanently to New Mexico after World War II. Fascinated by the mountains and desert, adobe churches and sun-bleached bones, and above all by the brilliant light and vast skies of the state they call the Land of Enchantment, O’Keeffe painted constantly. She was a fearless explorer, setting off alone into the empty landscape in a battered old car. Drawing on his own twenty-year-long experience of New Mexico and an archive of personal photographs and reminiscences, James Russell brings in this lecture to life one of America’s greatest artists, and one of its most beautiful places.