Georgia O'Keeffe: A Portrait (8)

1919


Dimensions

Image (Sight): 23.5 x 18.4 cm (9 1/4 x 7 1/4 in.) Framed: 57.8 x 47.6 x 2.5 cm (22 3/4 x 18 3/4 x 1 in.)

Accession Number

24.1728

Medium or Technique

Photograph, palladium print, solarized

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Photography

Classifications

Photographs

Estate #: OK 3 B


Sometimes the most revealing and evocative photographic portraits are not images of faces at all. Alfred Stieglitz’s photograph of the painter Georgia O’Keeffe, whom he met in 1916 and married in 1924, is part of a groundbreaking series of several hundred portraits he made of her over twenty-some years. This cropped view of her hands posed elegantly with a silver thimble is characteristic of these often fragmentary portrayals, which together Stieglitz felt captured her essence in a way that no single image ever could. Indeed, many years after her husband’s death, O’Keeffe claimed: “When I look over the photographs Stieglitz took of me … I wonder who that person is. It is as if in my one life I have lived many lives.”

Inscription

On backing board, upper center, on label, in black ink, in Steiglitz's hand: Hands - Georgia O'Keeffe/Photograph by/Alfred Stieglitz/New York/Negative & Print/made by/Alfred Stieglitz/1919/Print 4 from this negative.

Provenance

Artist; by whom given to MFA April 1924.

Credit Line

Gift of Alfred Stieglitz