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Hands of Georgia O'Keeffe at 291

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Hands of Georgia O'Keeffe at 291


Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864 - 1946)




New York, New York, United States (Place Created)


June 1917


Platinum and palladium print

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24.4 × 19.5 cm (9 5/8 × 7 11/16 in.)

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[Georgia O'Keeffe] is much more extraordinary than even I had believed--In fact I don't believe there has ever been anything like her--Mind and feeling very clear--spontaneous--& uncannily beautiful--absolutely living every pulse beat.

Early in Alfred Stieglitz's relationship with O'Keeffe he wrote this adulatory description of her to a friend. Stieglitz made this expressive study of O'Keeffee's nearly dancing hands and her torso, dressed in a crisp black dress with a sheer, voile shawl collar, reminiscent of the one she wore when they first met at his gallery. O'Keeffe, by then already an accomplished painter, expressed herself eloquently through her hands, and Stieglitz recognized their emotive potential.

Two Lives: O'Keeffe by Stieglitz 1917 - 1923 (June 30 to September 13, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), June 30 to September 13, 1992
Arrows of Time: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (January 24 to April 2, 1995)
  • Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at UCLA (Los Angeles), January 24 to April 2, 1995
Alfred Stieglitz: Seen and Unseen (October 17, 1995 to January 7, 1996)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), October 17, 1995 to January 7, 1996
Capturing Time: A Celebration of Photographs (December 1, 1997 to March 1, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 1, 1997 to March 1, 1998
Photographers of Genius (March 16 to July 25, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 16 to July 25, 2004
Georgia O'Keeffe and the Women of the Stieglitz Circle (September 21, 2007 to September 28, 2008)
  • The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum (Santa Fe), September 21, 2007 to January 13, 2008
  • High Museum of Art (Atlanta), February 9 to May 4, 2008
  • San Diego Museum of Art (San Diego), May 24 to September 28, 2008

Stieglitz, Alfred. Georgia O'Keeffe, a Portrait by Alfred Stieglitz: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York: The Museum, 1978), pl. 2.

Greenough, Sarah and Juan Hamilton. Alfred Stieglitz, Photographs & Writings (Washington: National Gallery of Art, 1983), pl. 29 (variant from same session).

Naef, Weston J. Two Lives: O'Keeffe by Stieglitz 1917-1923, exh. brochure (Malibu, The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1992).

Greenough, Sarah. Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Photographs, Volume One 1886-1922. 2 vols. (Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2002), p. 281, pl. 460.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 7th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007), p. 306, ill.