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Bear Lake, New Mexico

Bear Lake, New Mexico

Artist
Georgia O'Keeffe
Date of Work
1930
Type
Landscape

Bear Lake, New Mexico

"Bear Lake, New Mexico" by Georgia O'Keeffe.

Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) is the first major 20th century American woman artist whose work is displayed in the public rooms of the White House. Her landscape shows an area north of Taos, New Mexico. Bear Lake is on Pueblo land and is a sacred site to the Taos Indians. O'Keeffe spent much of her life as an artist in New Mexico. She painted three scenes of Bear Lake. This one, which dates from 1930, was still owned by O'Keeffe when she died in 1986. It was only shown once to the public (at a New York City gallery in 1931) before it was added to the White House collection in 1997. Now millions of visitors have seen it in the Green Room. O'Keeffe came to the White House in 1977. At a special ceremony, President Gerald Ford (1974-1977) presented to her the Presidential Medal of Freedom for a lifetime of artistic achievement.

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