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.
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