Beginning in 1918, Georgia O’Keeffe spent part of each year until the early 30s at photographer Alfred Stieglitz’s 36-acre family home located on the western shore of Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains. Two years earlier, when these two 20th-century masters met, O’Keeffe was a mere 28 years old and just starting out, while Stieglitz, at 52, was at the height of his career. By 1924, they were married, with Lake George Village serving as a backdrop to their lives and her art. Organised by the Hyde Collection, located in nearby Glens Falls, New York, Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George gathers about a quarter of the more than 200 paintings, sketches and pastels she made there to demonstrate how the landscape and architecture of the region reverberates in her later work.
De Young Museum, San Francisco, 15 February – 11 May 2014
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