There are currently more than 3,000 pieces in the museum's collection, which include 140 original O'Keeffe oil paintings, approximately 700 drawings/sketches, and hundreds of additional pieces representative of O'Keeffe's art dating from 1901 to 1984.
When the museum first opened in 1997, the collection contained a mere 116 works or art, 94 of which were by O'Keeffe. Over the last 10 years, the collection has clearly grown exponentially thanks to the help of the Burnett Foundation and many other generous donors.
When the O'Keeffe Foundation transferred its remaining works to the Museum in 2006, the collection was deemed complete. This donation included 981 works by O'Keeffe, of which 163 were paintings, drawings, and sculptures; 669 were sketches; and 149 were photographs. It also included 1,770 photographs by various professional photographers who drew inspiration from O'Keeffe.
The Museum's collection is divided into four major categories: O'Keeffe's artwork, Photography, Personal Property, and the Archives.
The collection of O'Keeffe's artwork contains 140 of her oil paintings, more than 100 watercolors, as well as multiple casts of 3 different sculpture designs. In addition to the focus on O'Keeffe, the Museum has acquired 20 paintings, drawings, and sculpture by other artists representative of O'Keeffe.
The photography collection consists of 1,770 photos of O'Keeffe taken by professional photographers, important events in her life, her animals and friends, New Mexico houses, and the subjects she painted.
There is also a large collection of O'Keeffe's personal property, including her painting and artist materials and a collection of stones, coral, and shells. Most of these are on display at the research center.The archive collection has continued to grow steadily and includes interesting letters and postcards from the 1940's sent by O'Keeffe to Alfred Stieglitz and Maria Chabot.
The archives also contain an online collection of thousands of photos, correspondence, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and even oral histories. Photo:
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