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Sarah Greenough, “Alfred Stieglitz/Interpretation/1919,” Alfred Stieglitz Key Set, NGA Online Editions, (accessed December 11, 2023).

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O’Keeffe’s painting Music—Pink & Blue No. 1, 1918, and sculpture Abstraction, 1916, are depicted here (Lynes 257 and 66).

Another print made from the same negative in the “Waste Basket Collection” at New Haven (YCAL MSS 85, box 146, frame 28), is inscribed: Statuette and Abstraction by Georgia O’Keeffe / Photo by Alfred Stieglitz / With permission An American Place.

Paul Rosenfeld identified this photograph and Key Set number 585 in his review of Stieglitz’s 1921 exhibition: “A tiny phallic statuette weeps; is bowed over itself in weeping; while behind, like watered silk, there waves the sunlight of creation” (Paul Rosenfeld, “Stieglitz,” The Dial 70 [April 1921], 408–409).

For more information about this photograph, see Key Set number 584.

Lifetime Exhibitions

A print from the same negative—perhaps a photograph from the Gallery’s collection—appeared in the following exhibition(s) during Alfred Stieglitz’s lifetime:

1921, New York (nos. 144–145, as Interpretations, 1918–1920)


by Alfred Stieglitz, on print, center left verso, in graphite: W / H / Rough; center right verso: Figure / S g

by Georgia O'Keeffe, on mount, lower left, in graphite: Treated by Steichen; lower left verso: OK 41A

by later hand, center verso, in graphite: K / OK / 41A


Georgia O'Keeffe; gift to NGA, 1980.

Associated Names

O'Keeffe, Georgia

Exhibition History

Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925: How a Radical Idea Changed Modern Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2012–2013


Peters, Sarah Whitaker. Becoming O'Keeffe: The Early Years. New York, 1991: pl. 9.
Greenough, Sarah. Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Photographs. Washington, 2002: vol. 1, cat. 586.

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