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Sarah Greenough, “Alfred Stieglitz/Rainbow/1920,” Alfred Stieglitz Key Set, NGA Online Editions, (accessed June 06, 2020).


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Key Set Entry

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“. . . Yesterday we had a deep purple Lake—& a rainbow sky—intensely dark & small chasing pink & purple clouds chasing each other in front of the deep sombreness—and a rainbow—” (Stieglitz to Marie Rapp, 6 October 1920 [YCAL]).

A print of this image at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, is inscribed by Dorothy Norman, “Rainbow Lake George 1920.”

Stieglitz Collections

A corresponding print was given to the following institution(s) by Alfred Stieglitz during his lifetime, or was received or acquired from the estate:

The Art Institute of Chicago, 1949.737 (inscribed: L.G.2)

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 92.1943.4

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Ph-157

Other Collections

A print corresponding with this photograph can also be found in the following collection(s):

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1997-146-112 (inscribed: For D. S. N. / M’ch 28/40 / C.C.)


by Alfred Stieglitz, on mount, center verso, in graphite: AS

by Georgia O'Keeffe, on mount, upper left verso, in graphite: 238 A


Georgia O'Keeffe; gift to NGA, 1949.

Associated Names
O'Keeffe, Georgia
Exhibition History
Two Lives: Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz—A Conversation in Painting and Photographs, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, December 2, 1992–April 4, 1993; IBM Gallery of Science and Art, New York, April 27–June 26, 1993; The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, July 17–September 12, 1993; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, October 2–December 5, 1993
Arrowsmith, Alexandra, Thomas West, and Belinda Rathbone. Two Lives: A Conversation in Paintings and Photographs. Exh. cat. The Phillips Collection, Washington and New York, 1992: 37.
Greenough, Sarah. Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Photographs. Washington, 2002: vol. 1, cat. 650.
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