About this artwork
When Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe met, in 1915, he was a celebrated photographer who promoted modern art through his publications and galleries and she, 23 years his junior, was just beginning to gain recognition as a painter. A few years later they entered into a passionate affair, and they eventually married in 1924. Stieglitz felt revitalized by the relationship, and in a growing fascination with seriality he produced over 300 photographs of O’Keeffe to form a kind of composite portrait: in front of her paintings, in isolated fragments, and in the intimate poses of a paramour, as seen here. In 1921 Stieglitz exhibited a print of this image at the Anderson Galleries in New York, in a one-person show that included some 40 portraits of O’Keeffe. Years later, when O’Keeffe looked back at the pictures, she remarked, “It is as if in my one life I have lived many lives.”
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- Currently Off View
- Photography and Media
- Alfred Stieglitz
- Georgia O'Keeffe
- United States (Artist's nationality)
- Made 1918
- Palladium print
- Unmarked recto; inscribed verso, right center, in graphite: "Cream [diagonally] [arrow pointing right]"; verso, lower center, in graphite: "8 [?/sideways] / K later? / OK / 19E"
- Image: 24.1 × 19.3 cm (9 1/2 × 7 5/8 in.); Paper: 25.1 × 20.1 cm (9 15/16 × 7 15/16 in.)
- Alfred Stieglitz Collection