Oil on Canvas
This purchase made possible by previous donations from Sandy Scott and the Widener Charitable Limited Partnership, with additional assistance from Adrienne and John Mars, Anne and John Marion, Ann and Richard O'Leary, Chuck D. Miller, Peggy and Lowry Mays, and the Robert S. and Grayce B. Kerr Foundation.
O'Keeffe attended the Art Institute of Chicago from 1905-1906 and the Art Students league in New York in 1907, studying with William Merritt Chase, but quit painting for a while, until being inspired by Alon Bement, who was teaching a course in 1912 on the principles of Arthur Wesly Down (Rockwell Kent's instructor).
O'Keeffe wrote about this painting, "... it is so different than the other things and I think one of the best." Antelope emphasizes the organic relationship between bone and earth. We know that someday the skull will decompose back into the dirt, providing nourishment for plant life that will, in turn, nourish another pronghorn.