Amon Carter print details

Light Coming on the Plains No. III

Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986)

Object Details

  • Date


  • Medium

    Watercolor on newsprint paper

  • Dimensions

    11 7/8 x 8 7/8 in.
    Mount: 12 x 9 in.

  • Inscriptions


    inscribed on label [removed]: Light Coming on the Plains \ 1917 \ No. III

  • Credit Line

    Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

  • Accession Number


  • Copyright

    © Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Object Description

While teaching at West Texas State Normal College in Canyon, Texas, during the summer of 1917, O’Keeffe created these abstract impressions of the sun rising over the wide-open Texas plains. The works reflect her bold individuality at a time when women artists struggled to attain recognition, considered unequal to their male counterparts. O’Keeffe stayed up all night to experience dawn when the effects of light were the most transitory and ephemeral. In these watercolors, she spontaneously layered deep ultramarine pigment on paper, allowing the fluidity of the medium to form the final design.

Additional details

Location: Off view
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