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  • Georgia O'Keeffe
    Stieglitz, Alfred, born 1864 - died 1946
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Georgia O'Keeffe

  • Object:

    photograph

  • Place of origin:

    United States (photographed)

  • Date:

    1936 - 1937 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stieglitz, Alfred, born 1864 - died 1946 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation

  • Museum number:

    E.902-2003

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 996, box E

Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) was a pioneer of modern photography. A photographer, publisher, writer and gallery owner, he played a key role in the promotion and exploration of photography as an art form. He also helped introduce modern art to an American audience. In 1916 Stieglitz first saw the work of Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) and was impressed by the expressive power of her large abstract drawings. The following year he hosted her first solo exhibition at his gallery '291' in New York. He also started to photograph O'Keeffe, posing her in front of her work and finding ways to fuse her body with the compositions. This was the start of an extraordinary collaboration that lasted over twenty years and resulted in over three hundred photographs. Stieglitz and O'Keeffe's artistic dialogue extended to a profound influence on each other's work. They became lovers and married in 1924.

The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation has recently given the V&A a group of photographs by Stieglitz. The ten portraits of O'Keeffe shown here were taken between 1918 and 1937. The early, sensuous images were taken in the studio and printed on platinum and palladium paper, giving a fine tonal range. Later, there is a move away from symbolically charged images to an increasingly frank record of an individual. Influenced by O'Keeffe's paintings and by the work of Paul Strand, Stieglitz adopted an arguably more Modernist approach in the 1920s and 1930s. He started to make small gelatin-silver prints of exquisite precision and sharp tonal contrast and to explore the artistic and spiritual potential of his everyday surroundings.

Stieglitz saw his photographs of O'Keeffe as a composite portrait. Seen together, they explore themes of multiplicity, fragmentation, time and change, as well as O'Keeffe's personality, beauty and creativity. We might also read the portraits as a record of Stieglitz and O'Keeffe's love affair and of their remarkable creative synergy.

Physical description

Black and white photograph of Georgia O'Keeffe wearing a woolen scarf with brickwall in the backgroung.

Place of Origin

United States (photographed)

Date

1936 - 1937 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Stieglitz, Alfred, born 1864 - died 1946 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print

Marks and inscriptions

OK 519E
On mount; upper left verso; graphite (by Doris Bry).

Dimensions

Height: 115 mm image, Width: 90 mm image, Height: 37 cm mount, Width: 29.5 cm mount

Historical context note

Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) was a pioneer of modern photography. A photographer, publisher, writer and gallery owner, he played a key role in the promotion and exploration of photography as an art form. He also helped introduce modern art to an American audience. In 1916 Stieglitz first saw the work of Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) and was impressed by the expressive power of her large abstract drawings. The following year he hosted her first solo exhibition at his gallery '291' in New York. He also started to photograph O'Keeffe, posing her in front of her work and finding ways to fuse her body with the compositions. This was the start of an extraordinary collaboration that lasted over twenty years and resulted in over three hundred photographs. Stieglitz and O'Keeffe's artistic dialogue extended to a profound influence on each other's work. They became lovers and married in 1924.

The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation has recently given the V&A a group of photographs by Stieglitz. The ten portraits of O'Keeffe shown here were taken between 1918 and 1937. The early, sensuous images were taken in the studio and printed on platinum and palladium paper, giving a fine tonal range. Later, there is a move away from symbolically charged images to an increasingly frank record of an individual. Influenced by O'Keeffe's paintings and by the work of Paul Strand (whose portrait of Stieglitz is on display next door), Stieglitz adopted an arguably more Modernist approach in the 1920s and 1930s. He started to make small gelatin-silver prints of exquisite precision and sharp tonal contrast and to explore the artistic and spiritual potential of his everyday surroundings. The latest photograph shown here, taken the year that Stieglitz gave up photography because of ill health, shows O'Keeffe wrapped in a blanket, like a Pueblo Indian - a reference perhaps to her fascination with New Mexico, where she moved after Stieglitz's death.
Stieglitz saw his photographs of O'Keeffe as a composite portrait. Seen together, they explore themes of multiplicity, fragmentation, time and change, as well as O'Keeffe's personality, beauty and creativity. We might also read the portraits as a record of Stieglitz and O'Keeffe's love affair and of their remarkable creative synergy.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Alfred Stieglitz, 'Georgia O'Keeffe', gelatin silver print, 1936/1937

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Greenough, Sarah. Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2002., vol. 2, 1012p., iIl. ISBN 0810935333

Labels and date

Alfred Stieglitz: Georgia O'Keeffe
Gifts from the Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation

Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) was a pioneer of modern photography. A photographer, publisher, writer and gallery owner, he played a key role in the promotion and exploration of photography as an art form. He also helped introduce modern art to an American audience. In 1916 Stieglitz first saw the work of Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) and was impressed by the expressive power of her large abstract drawings. The following year he hosted her first solo exhibition at his gallery '291' in New York. He also started to photograph O'Keeffe, posing her in front of her work and finding ways to fuse her body with the compositions. This was the start of an extraordinary collaboration that lasted over twenty years and resulted in over three hundred photographs. Stieglitz and O'Keeffe's artistic dialogue extended to a profound influence on each other's work. They became lovers and married in 1924.

The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation has recently given the V&A a group of photographs by Stieglitz. The ten portraits of O'Keeffe shown here were taken between 1918 and 1937. The early, sensuous images were taken in the studio and printed on platinum and palladium paper, giving a fine tonal range. Later, there is a move away from symbolically charged images to an increasingly frank record of an individual. Influenced by O'Keeffe's paintings and by the work of Paul Strand (whose portrait of Stieglitz is on display next door), Stieglitz adopted an arguably more Modernist approach in the 1920s and 1930s. He started to make small gelatin-silver prints of exquisite precision and sharp tonal contrast and to explore the artistic and spiritual potential of his everyday surroundings. The latest photograph shown here, taken the year that Stieglitz gave up photography because of ill health, shows O'Keeffe wrapped in a blanket, like a Pueblo Indian - a reference perhaps to her fascination with New Mexico, where she moved after Stieglitz's death.
Stieglitz saw his photographs of O'Keeffe as a composite portrait. Seen together, they explore themes of multiplicity, fragmentation, time and change, as well as O'Keeffe's personality, beauty and creativity. We might also read the portraits as a record of Stieglitz and O'Keeffe's love affair and of their remarkable creative synergy. [November 2003]

Techniques

Gelatin silver process

Subjects depicted

Women; Portraits; Artists

Categories

Photographs; Portraits

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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