American Icons: Georgia O’keeffe’s Skull Paintings

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“The men were all talking about the great American novel, the great American play,...the great American everything,” said Georgia O’Keeffe, who fled the East Coast art world for New Mexico. “So I thought . . . I’ll make it an American painting.”

O’Keeffe painted cow and deer skulls floating over delicate abstract landscapes of the New Mexico desert. An art historian, a tour guide, and an interior designer explain the appeal of the skulls; a retiree tells how their magnetism drew her to settle in the Southwest. Produced by Ann Heppermann and Kara Oehler.

(Originally aired: November 12, 2010)

Check out the Georgia O'Keeffe slideshow on the feature page on our American Icons website.