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Sarah Greenough, “Alfred Stieglitz/Georgia O'Keeffe—Hands and Horse Skull/1931,” Alfred Stieglitz Key Set, NGA Online Editions, (accessed July 18, 2024).

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O’Keeffe returned to Lake George from New Mexico in July 1931, after shipping home a barrel of bones (see Lynes 1144). In the fall of 1932 she began incorporating the bones into her paintings. O’Keeffe’s painting Horse’s Skull with Pink Rose (Lynes 775) depicts the skull in this photograph and Key Set numbers 1428 and 1429.

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, 1949.757

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1997.61.37

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1995.691

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 332.1942 (inscribed: O’Keeffe’s Hands & Horse’s Skull 1930)

Other Collections

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

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 93.XM.25.58

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:

1944, Philadelphia (no. 301, as Life and Death—Hands and Skull, 1929)

Lifetime Publications

A reproduction of this work appeared in the following publication(s) during Alfred Stieglitz’s lifetime:

“Speaking of Pictures . . . These are by one of Photography’s Pioneers,” Life 14:14 (5 April 1943): 9 (ill., untitled)


by Alfred Stieglitz, on mount, upper center verso, in graphite: 23; lower left verso: NN Ex

by Doris Bry, on mount, lower left verso, in graphite: OK-23-C / OK 23C

by later hand, on mount, upper left verso, in graphite, in square: 1


Georgia O'Keeffe; gift to NGA, 1980.

Associated Names

O'Keeffe, Georgia

Exhibition History

Photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, March 16–April 27, 1958


Greenough, Sarah. Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Photographs. Washington, 2002: vol. 2, cat. 1427.

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