Georgia O’Keeffe (June 9)1935 by Carl Van Vechten

Although Stieglitz had a virtual monopoly on photographing O’Keeffe during her New York years, Carl Van Vechten succeeded in making a few images of her, Van Vechten, a well-known novelist, critic, and tastemaker, made portraits of America’s distinguished artists and writers in his New York studio. He typically posed sitters against a backdrop of patterned wallpaper of fabric he selected to correspond to some aspect of their work. He had O’Keeffe, a painter of oversize flowers, stand in front of floral patterns. He captured her from the front wearing a close-fitting cap and a bow at her neck. In another image, she turned her back to the camera so that he could record how carefully she braided the ends of her long hair and wrapped the plaits into a flat oval knot.
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