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by Alfred Stieglitz, on mount, upper left verso, in graphite: Exhibition / 1921; left center verso: The Last Joke -- / Bellagio 1887

by Georgia O'Keeffe, on mount, lower left verso, in graphite: 60A

Provenance

Georgia O'Keeffe; gift to NGA, 1949.

Exhibition History
1888
See Greenough 2002, cat. 33, for a complete exhibition history of this image.
1958
Photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, National Gallery of Art, Washington, March 16 – April 27, 1958.
1983
Photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, National Gallery of Art, Washington, February 3–May 8, 1983, no. 1; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, June 17–August 14, 1983; The Art Institute of Chicago, October 18, 1983–January 3, 1984.
2002
Alfred Stieglitz: Known and Unknown, National Gallery of Art, Washington; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2002-2003, as The Last Joke--Bellagio.
2014
A Subtle Beauty: Platinum Photographs from the Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2014 - 2015, unnumbered catalogue.
Bibliography
1947
Engelhard, Georgia. "Alfred Stieglitz: 'Father of Modern Photography.'" The Camera 69 (June 1947): 50 (ill., The Good Joke).
1983
Greenough, Sarah, and Juan Hamilton. Alfred Stieglitz: Photographs and Writings. Washington, 1983: no. 1.
1983
Homer, William Innes. Alfred Stieglitz and the Photo-Secession. Boston, 1983: 12 (ill., A Good Joke).
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