Georgia O'Keeffe

1887 (Sun Prairie, Wisconsin) / 1986 (Santa Fe)
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Meeting Georgia O'Keeffe, then a teacher in Texas, in 1916, Alfred Stieglitz is said to have exclaimed, "At last a woman on paper!" before exhibiting his drawings and marrying her. Some 300 carefully distilled Stieglitz pictures later, not counting those of Ansel Adams and Arnold Newman, and "O'Keeffe had become one of the most photographed artists in America," according to Barbara Buhler Lynes. From then on, the model's fame grew along with that of the painter, who confessed her debt to Stieglitz's enlightened eye. Very quickly, she grasped in the immediate brutality of the curves of Paul Strand's Straight Photography the state of a mirage capable of describing the dizziness of New York skyscrapers and the craggy deserts of New Mexico. Her vision of America became a pioneering image, which she lived to the full on her ranch near Santa Fe.

Image: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe 1918 The J. Paul Getty

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