When Stieglitz sent this print to Georgia O'Keeffe at Christmas in 1939, he did not need to remind her of the moment of its making. The couple, not yet married, were together at the farm at Lake George, New York. The upward peak of the gable and the tantalizingly incumbent apples joined the symbolic national fruit with Stieglitz's sexuality and his search for an American art. Upon seeing the photograph, the poet Hart Crane exclaimed to Stieglitz, "That is it, you have captured life."
Inscription: Signed and inscribed on 2nd mount, verso LR: "For Georgia [underlined] // Alfred. // Xmas/39"; inscribed on 2nd mount, verso LC: "Lake George // 1920 [underlined]";
Georgia O'Keeffe; Juan Hamilton via Robert Miller Gallery to Waddell, November 27, 1985
Prints of this image are to be found in four other museum collections: MoMA, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and The National Gallery, per Sarah Greenough, 1/7/1986, via John Waddell.