Georgia O'Keeffe: A Portrait
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© J. Paul Getty Trust

Alfred Stieglitz
American, June 4, 1917
Platinum print
9 5/8 x 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.