This photograph, one of over three hundred images Stieglitz made of O'Keeffe (1887-1986) between 1917 and 1937, is part of an extraordinary composite portrait. Stieglitz believed that portraiture concerned more than merely the face and that it should be a record of a person's life experience, a mosaic of expressive movements, emotions, and gestures that would function collectively to evoke a life. "To demand the portrait that will be a complete portrait of any person," he claimed, "is as futile as to demand that a motion picture be condensed into a single still."
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand," November 8, 2010–April 10, 2011.
Stieglitz, Alfred. Georgia O'Keeffe: A Portrait by Alfred Stieglitz. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1978. pl. 25.
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