Alfred Stieglitz (American, Hoboken, New Jersey 1864–1946 New York)
23.6 x 19.2 cm (9 5/16 x 7 9/16 in.)
Gift of Georgia O'Keeffe, through the generosity of The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation and Jennifer and Joseph Duke, 1997
Not on view
This photograph, one of more than 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 entire 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."
Alfred Stieglitz; by descent to his wife, Georgia O'Keeffe, Abiquiu, New Mexico
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 8," March 14, 1995–June 11, 1995.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Portraits: A Century of Photographs," September 10, 2002–January 13, 2003.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Charles Sheeler's Contemporaries," June 3, 2003–August 17, 2003.
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. 23.
Greenough, Sarah. Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set. Vol. 2. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 2002. no. 675.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. p. 444.