Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband Alfred Stieglitz surrounded themselves with artists who believed they had one task and that was to create, “without regard for the desires or taste of the professional dealer or the professional collector.” (Georgia)
“I have but one desire as a painter – that is to paint what I see, as I see it, in my own way, without regard for the desires or taste of the professional dealer or the professional collector.”- Georgia O’Keeffe
While running the Little Galleries of the Photo-Secessions, later called 291, Stieglitz provided a venue to showcase the work artist such as Arthur Dove, John Marin, Max Weber and his later wife Georgia O’Keeffe.
p.375 *The critics thought of the new painters as Matisse’s “supposed American disciples,” but actually, and despite the still tentative character of their work, most of the artists Stieglitz had selected were to become “the first generation of American modernists”
The Alfred Stieglitz Collection
George Heard Hamilton
Metropolitan Museum Journal , Vol. 3, (1970) , pp. 371-392
Published by: The University of Chicago Press on behalf of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Stieglitz defined the American Modernist movement that his studio was showcasing and fostering the growth of by saying it represented, “artists who secede from the photographic attitude toward representation of form” (Hamilton).
It was in the intimate circle of friends and their deep “discussions about art, and the example of their work, both validated and influenced O’Keeffe’s own work.“ Stieglitz help foster the growth “some of America’s most distinguished early modernists—painters such as Arthur Dove, John Marin, Marsden Hartley, and Charles Demuth, and photographers such as Paul Strand and Edward Steichen, as well as influential art critics and writers. “
Messinger, Lisa. “Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986)”. In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/geok/hd_geok.htm (October 2004)