There’s just over a month remaining to see the major Georgia O’Keeffe retrospective at the Tate Modern (until 30 October). Best known for her paintings of magnified flowers and New Mexico desert landscapes, the exhibition showcases many of her most important works, including Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, 1932, the most expensive painting by a female artist ever sold at auction.
If the exhibition has left you feeling inspired to learn more about the acclaimed American modernist artist, then Kudu Travel’s new Santa Fe tour, launching next year, is the answer. The 13-day escorted tour takes in the landscapes that inspired O’Keeffe, visits the striking locations of her iconic works (including Ghost Ranch, Ranchos de Taos and the 18th century San Francisco de Asis Church), her former home in Abiquiu and the studio that provided settings for her major paintings. The escorted tour also includes two opera performances (Handel’s Alcina & Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor), a backstage tour of the remarkable Santa Fe opera theatre, a chamber music festival concert, wilderness walks in New Mexico and Colorado, a cog railway excursion up to the 14,000-ft Pikes Peak in the Rocky Mountains and a stay at a genuine western saloon in Cimarron.
‘Santa Fe Opera, Georgia O’Keeffe & Walks in the Southwest’ (5-17 August 2017) costs from £5,490 pp (two sharing) including 12 nights’ full board (various hotels and boutique B&Bs), all land and rail transportation as described, entrance fees, sightseeing and activities as per itinerary and the services of a Kudu Travel tour leader. Flights extra. Walking grade: standard. For more information visit: (www.kudutravel.com).