The Lawrence Tree was painted by O'Keeffe during the first summer she spent in her adopted home state of New Mexico. It shows the trunk and branches of a ponderosa pine, viewed looking up from the base of the tree and reaching a glittering night sky. When the Wadsworth Atheneum acquired the painting in 1981, Miss O'Keeffe's recollections conclude "the painting was done so it could be hung with any end up." The painting is presently hung in keeping with the artist's strong early preference, which she stated on numerous occasions instructing that the tree should "stand on its head."
Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887-1986)
The Lawrence Tree, 1929
Oil on canvas, 31 x 39 1/4 in.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1981.23
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Coprywrite: Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Matted size: 11 x 14 in.
Image size: 8 3/4 x 7 in.