Great Washington Museums: The Phillips Collection

Great Washington Museums Celebrate Great Women Artists is a NMWA-organized collaborative city-wide project highlighting works by women artists.During 2012, institutions throughout the Washington area are featuring an array of signature works by women artists that have enriched their distinguished collections. This landmark program, in conjunction with NMWA’s 25th anniversary celebration, continues NMWA’s dedication to celebrating women’s achievements in the visual, performing, and literary arts. This excerpt explores one of the The Phillips Collection’s signature works by a woman artist, Georgia O’Keeffe’s From the White Place. Visit www.nmwa.org and download the pdf map to begin your journey!

Georgia O’Keeffe, From the White Place, 1940; Oil on canvas, 30 x 24 in.; The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., Acquired 1941

Georgia O’Keeffe, From the White Place, 1940; Oil on canvas, 30 x 24 in.; The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., Acquired 1941

The impact of Georgia O’Keeffe’s 1929 visit to New Mexico was so great that the artist returned to the area almost every summer until she settled there permanently in 1949. For O’Keeffe, the stark beauty of the desert inspired her to create intensely mystical versions of landforms such as those in From the White Place, depicting a white rock formation near her home in Abiquiu. Duncan Phillips began purchasing O’Keeffe’s paintings in 1926, making The Phillips Collection the first museum to acquire her work. On view January 1–December 31, 2012.