Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946) /
Portrait of Georgia, No.1, 1923 /
Image and sheet, 4x5 inches /
gelatin silver contact print, flush–mounted on card, mounted on larger card inscribed “Portrait of O'Keeffe by Stieglitz / given to Dorothy Norman by Dona Luisa / Coomaraswamy / after A.S.'s death / in 1946” in pencil by Dorothy Norman on affixed original mount fragments and credited, titled and dated 'printed c. 1920' on affixed museum label (secondary mount, verso). In 1916, #AlfredStieglitz and #GeorgiaOKeeffe embarked upon a personal and professional collaboration that resulted in an era-defining relationship. Stieglitz became O’Keeffe’s mentor and benefactor while she thrived in the role of his muse and confidant. The ensuing period, one of shared passion and mutual influence, was the most prolific, innovative and visionary period for both artists.
Made in 1923 during the height of their love affair, and the year before they wed, Portrait of Georgia, No. 1 is poetically linked to Portrait of Georgia No. 2 and No. 3, both of which are photographs of clouds from his Songs of the Sky series. Stieglitz himself indicated that the images of clouds paralleled his inner state; the inclusion of this portrait further reveals his devotion. Completely smitten, Stieglitz wrote that, “O’Keeffe is a constant source of wonder to me, like Nature itself.” The present lot was a gift by the artist to philosopher and art historian Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, then curator of Indian and Islamic art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (and one of my absolute favorite authors!) Sarah Greenough’s two volume book, Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set locates two additional prints of this image; one in The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, the other in the Kemper Museum in Kansas City. #CHRISTIESPHOTOGRAPHS #Photography @christiesinc PORTRAIT OF A COLLECTION: THE JOHN M. BRANSTEN COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS
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