During a tour of the west Rebecca Strand has an intuition : her friend Georgia will be able to express the wild power of the rolling hills of New Mexico. In 1929 the two women leave New York City and their husbands for a first long stay in Taos where they will return for several consecutive summers.
Georgia is immediately seduced by these pure landscapes that are not soiled by vegetation. In a spontaneously Humboldtian vision, she finds the biomorphic dimension of these dry lands flooded by sunlight.
Her first paintings in Taos highlight this formal discovery without altering the colors. On the Old Santa Fe Road, oil on canvas 41 x 76 cm painted in 1930-1931, was sold for $ 5.1M including premium by Sotheby's on November 20, 2014 over a lower estimate of $ 2M.
In a style of similar purity a view of sandy hills near Taos, oil on canvas laid down on board 45 x 61 cm painted in 1929, is estimated $ 2M for sale by Christie's in New York on May 9, lot 406 .
In the same sale the lot 404 estimated $ 3M is a panoramic view of the mountain range near Abiquiu, oil on canvas 41 x 91 cm painted in 1931. Returning later Georgia is so delighted that she will install permanently in this site. She will say with a great deal of humor : "It's my private mountain, it belongs to me, God told me if I painted it enough, I could have it".
RESULTS INCLUDING PREMIUM
Near Abiquiu : $ 8.4M
Near Taos : $ 2.65M