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June 19, 2010, D. H. Lawrence Ranch Presentation and Guided Tour in Northern New Mexico - The other side of the tree painting by Georgia O'Keeffe. See next photo.
Image: A sign inside a metal holder with a little metal roof and a lock


What it says: GEORGIA O'KEEFFE - THE LAWRENCE TREE
At Mabel Luhan's invitation, Georgia O'Keeffe (spelled incorrectly above - go to her website and see the correct spelling) and an artist friend of hers, Beck Strand, arrived in Taos in mid-May 1929. They traveled widely throughout the area utterly fascinated by the scenery. Eventually, they visited Dorothy Brett, who was then staying in the Homesteader's Cabin -- the cabin where Lawrence and Frieda had stayed while they were here.

O'Keeffe was fascinated by the large pine tree directly in front of the cabin. She would often lie day and night, on what she called a carpenter's bench, looking up through the tree. Later that summer, after she had completed her painting of the tree, she remarked, "I used to lie on the bench and look up and eventually there was nothing to do but paint it."

From this point on the sky would figure prominently in her paintings

She sold the painting in 1979 for a reported sum of $500,000 to the Wadsworth Athenseum in Hartford, Connecticut.

The bench under the tree is the original used by O'Keeffe.


D. H. LAWRENCE RANCH PRESENTATION AND GUIDED TOUR
Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sponsored by Friends of D. H. Lawrence,the Taos Public Library, and the University of New Mexico.
I went and it was fun!

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