The Development of Georgia O'Keeffe's Artistic Selfhood: The Relationship between O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz
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This paper is subdivided chronologically into two periods, the first spanning the arrival of O'Keeffe's first abstract art in 1915 to the date of their marriage at the end of 1924. Included in this first period are examples of O'Keeffe's art before 1915 in order to provide the reader with a conception of her stylistic and technical evolution. The second period includes their relationship from 1924 to the early 1930s, when O'Keeffe began to spend half of her year apart from Stieglitz in the southwest. A background to her flower painting is also included in this section. The purpose of this chronological subdivision is to compare both artists' changing conceptions of O'Keeffe's selfhood as expressed both through her painting and through Stieglitz's photographs of her during these two periods. There are interesting resonances in their choices of subject matter as well as competition between the two artists over the same subject matter. Additionally, there is the undeniable influence of modern photography in O'Keeffe's art, especially demonstrated by her series of flower paintings.