How Georgia O’Keeffe found her inspiration in the deserts of New Mexico.
'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.'
Back in the 1930s, as part of the Federal Art Project, the government paid artists to make thousands of paintings, from famous murals to little landscapes. It wasn't possible to keep track of it all, and some ended up in private hands. Once in a while, a canvas turns up, and when it does, the Feds sometimes take an interest. Produced by Ann Heppermann and Kara Oehler.