Artwork Title: Corn No. 2 - Artist Name: Georgia O'KeeffeArtwork Title: Corn No. 2 - Artist Name: Georgia O'Keeffe

Corn No. 2, 1924

Georgia O'Keeffe

...From 1918 to 1934, O’Keeffe and her husband, famed American photographer Alfred Stieglitz, spent parts of the years on Stieglitz’s family estate on Lake George, a 36-acre property that served as a rural refuge for the artistic duo. During this decade and a half, O’Keeffe is reported to have created over 200 paintings, 55 of which are on view at “Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George.” “I wish you could see the place here — there is something so perfect about the mountains and the lake and the trees,” O’Keeffe explained in a letter to her friend Sherwood Anderson in 1923. “Sometimes I want to tear it all to pieces — it seems so perfect — but it is really lovely.” From botanical portraits to abstract landscapes, the works give a glimpse into the summers and falls O’Keeffe spent in northern New York. Her familiar petunia paintings sit next to her sprawling mountain scenes, pieces that at first glance seem to represent purely enthusiastic feelings toward Lake George Village. But a deeper delve into the collection presents tangled tree-scapes and swirling, kaleidoscopic imagery that evokes the tenser moments of the couples’ stay in the Adirondacks. They were, of course, living with Stieglitz’s extended family, a time described by various writers as “a period of destruction.” “There is this sense that she felt constantly harassed by the overbearing Stieglitz family,” explains Dr. Cody Hartley, director of curatorial affairs at the O’Keeffe Museum, in a press statement, “and found the landscape cloying, as if it was “Modern Nature” works to correct the over-generalized view that O’Keeffe held Lake George in ill regard. Instead, it aims to show the artist’s complex relationship to New York’s natural world, a sentiment filled with delight, suspicion and sublime awe — emotions O’Keeffe has proved expert at conveying. too overgrown to offer creative inspiration.” []


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