Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Harold Stein, Georgia O’Keeffe in Hawai’i, 1939
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Georgia O’Keeffe was a lifelong traveler, enthralled by what she termed the “wideness and wonder of the world.” Moved by curiosity and the search for new motifs, she traveled from New York to coastal Maine in the 1920s, and to Hawai’i in 1939. Later in life, after settling permanently in New Mexico, O’Keeffe began to travel internationally, including a three-month trip to Peru, and two voyages to Japan.

Inspired by these trips, she began to concentrate on the novelty of the world seen from the perspective of an airplane. At the age of 73, O’Keeffe embarked on a series of new subjects focusing on the abstract patterns of the rivers below, the sky above the clouds, and the vast horizons visible from the air.