[Georgia O'Keeffe: A Portrait - Hands]

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[Georgia O'Keeffe: A Portrait - Hands]


Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864 - 1946)




United States, North America (Place created)




Palladium print


24.3 × 19.4 cm (9 9/16 × 7 5/8 in.)


© J. Paul Getty Trust

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"My hands had always been admired…but I never though much about it," recalled Georgia O'Keeffe when she looked at this photograph some sixty years after it was made. As part of the consuming passion for O'Keeffe that drove Alfred Stieglitz to leave his first wife and child, he conducted a great love affair with her hands through his camera. From the very beginning of their relationship, Stieglitz photographed O'Keeffe, eventually produced a cumulative portrait of more than 325 photographs.

Here photographed so that only her hands are visible, the dynamism of her gesture evokes the rhythms of music and dance as well as the abstract, biomorphic shapes of O'Keeffe's own drawings and paintings.

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: The Lake George Years (June 17 to September 5, 2010)
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney), June 17 to September 5, 2010

Stieglitz, Alfred. Georgia O'Keeffe, a Portrait by Alfred Stieglitz: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York: The Museum, 1978), pl. 18.

Naef, Weston J. Two Lives: O'Keeffe by Stieglitz 1917-1923, exh. brochure (Malibu, The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1992), fig. 1.