“I am west again and it is as fine as I remembered it, maybe finer, for me it is the only place,” O’Keeffe wrote on her initial visit to New Mexico in 1929. She returned to the Taos region every summer after that, eventually moving there permanently. New Mexican Landscape represents the sandy hills near Alcalde, a village 40 miles from Taos. During the 1930s, O’Keeffe painted the spare forms and subtle color of the landscape nearly 20 times, often using her car as a studio.
New Mexican Landscape was one of the first O’Keeffe works to be purchased by a museum in New England and was one of the first paintings to be included in the collection of the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.