Barbara Tannenbaum Curator of Photography
Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864-1946)
gelatin silver print, Image: 24.2 x 19.2 cm (9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.); Matted: 55.9 x 45.7 cm (22 x 18 in.). Gift of Cary Ross, Knoxville, Tennessee 1935.99
One of the first photographs to enter the museumâ€™s fine art collection was Alfred Stieglitzâ€™s close-up of the hand of his wife, the painter Georgia Oâ€™Keeffe. She lovingly caresses the spare tire of her Ford V-8 convertible coupe. The image was made during her reunion with her husbandâ€”and much beloved carâ€”after an extended convalescence following a nervous breakdown. Oâ€™Keeffe had paid for the car herself; for her it was not just a glossy object of consumer desire but symbolized independence and freedom.
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