Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe1944 by Arnold Newman

Arnold Newman’s trademark was to pose sitters in ways that expressed their public reputations. By fusing the two artists’ bodies into a single massing of black, Newman captured their interdependent partnership along with Stieglitz’s definition of modern artists as spiritual brethren in an artistic order.
The photograph was taken just two years before Stieglitz died. He stands in front of O’Keeffe holding a book as a cleric might hold a Bible. She sits behind him, her eyes downcast and her hands buried, a private and withdrawn partner, anchoring and steadying the union.
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