Love letters of O'Keeffe, Stieglitz exposed in new book

  • August 10, 2011 13:06

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In this photo provided by Alfred Stieglitz/Georgia O'Keeffe archive, Portrait with Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz by automobile at Lake George, N.Y.
Alfred Stieglitz/Georgia O'Keeffe Archive, Albu...

When Albert Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe met in 1916, he was 52 and already considered the nucleus of the New York art world. She was an unknown 28-year-old Texas art teacher.

National Gallery of Art photography curator Sarah Greenough leafed through 25,000 pieces of paper exchanged by O'Keeffe and Stieglitz to produce "My Faraway One: The Letters of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, Volume I, 1915-1933," (Yale University Press, 2011) an 800-page tome which represents just one-tenth of their correspondence.

The letters trace the couple's romance, his early support of her art career, and the eventual crack in their bond that led O'Keeffe to a more independent life in New Mexico.

O'Keeffe's artistic process is also revealed in passages such as:

"I hate the back of my Ranchos church — Tomorrow I must get out at it again — It is heavy — I want it to be light and lovely and singing."

 

Read more at Albuquerqe Journal

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