Georgia O'Keeffe- Hand and Wheel

Georgia O'Keeffe- Hand and Wheel

1933

Alfred Stieglitz

(American, 1864-1946)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 24.2 x 19.2 cm (9 1/2 x 7 9/16 in.); Matted: 55.9 x 45.7 cm (22 x 18 in.)

Gift of Cary Ross, Knoxville, Tennessee 1935.99

Description

One of the first photographs to enter the museum’s fine art collection was Alfred Stieglitz’s close-up of the hand of his wife, the painter Georgia O’Keeffe. She lovingly caresses the spare tire of her Ford V-8 convertible coupe. The image was made during her reunion with her husband—and much beloved car—after an extended convalescence following a nervous breakdown. O’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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