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Georgia O'Keeffe painting gifted to New Mexico museum

The Associated Press
December 04, 2017 06:48 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - One of Georgia O'Keeffe's abstract interpretations of the desert is now part of the New Mexico Museum of Art's permanent collection.

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Officials made the announcement Monday as the museum celebrates its centennial year.

The 1931 piece titled 'Desert Abstraction' had been on loan for years from the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. Art museum executive director Mary Kershaw said she was grateful for the foundation making the gift permanent.

The painting is currently on display at the governor's residence.

A major figure in the American Modernist movement, O'Keeffe became inspired by the state after her first visit in 1929. She eventually made northern New Mexico her permanent home in 1949.

O'Keeffe continued to paint until weeks before her death in Santa Fe in 1986.

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