Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
My New Yorks
O’Keeffe found inspiration and popular success in urban skylines and intimate nature.
Georgia O'Keeffe, The Barns, Lake George, 1926
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For a decade following Georgia O’Keeffe’s move to New York City in 1918, she adapted her life to Alfred Stieglitz’s pattern of living in the city during winter and spring and retreating to his family compound at Lake George, in upstate New York, during the summer and fall of each year. In 1923, Stieglitz began organizing annual solo exhibitions of O’Keeffe’s work. They were married in 1924. During the 1920s and 1930s, they lived in several apartments in New York City, including the Shelton Hotel, where they were both inspired by the skyline visible from their home. Like many in the Stieglitz Circle, they visualized the skyscrapers as an essentially American symbol of modernity. The twenties were a very creative decade in O’Keeffe and Stieglitz’s careers as they created images of the city as well as studies of nature at Lake George. Years later, after Stieglitz’s death, O’Keeffe moved to New Mexico where she recreated two of her own paintings from that earlier period in her life.