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Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe


Alfred Stieglitz

(American, 1864–1946)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 23.9 x 19.3 cm (9 7/16 x 7 5/8 in.); Matted: 55.9 x 45.7 cm (22 x 18 in.)

Gift of Cary Ross, Knoxville, Tennessee 1935.52



One of the most important photographers of the 20th century, Stieglitz made hundreds of pictures of his wife, painter Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986), recording her physical and psychological evolution from 1917 to 1937. This image was taken at Lake George, where O'Keeffe was completing a long recovery from an emotional breakdown she suffered the previous year. To convey her affection for her Ford V-8 convertible-a potent symbol of her personal freedom-Stieglitz posed her leaning against the shiny spare tire cover on the back of the auto, highlighting her arms and hands. Despite her joy at being united with the vehicle, the darkly toned portrait captures O'Keeffe's lifeless, distant eyes and somber face, revealing her prevailing despondency.

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