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Gable and Apples

Artist:
Alfred Stieglitz (American, Hoboken, New Jersey 1864–1946 New York)
Date:
1922
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
11.4 x 9.0 cm (4 1/2 x 3 9/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.103
Not on view
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

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