Her interest in geometry gives her an unprecedented vision for constructing a landscape. The reflection of the mountains in Lake George, painted in 1922, can be tilted orthogonally to become an abstract work centered in full symmetry. This painting was sold for $ 13M including premium by Christie's on May 19, 2016.
In 1925 Stieglitz and O'Keeffe move to the 30th floor of a brand new skyscraper in Manhattan. After some reticence about this unprecedented lifestyle, Georgia is captivated and begins to paint city views.
On November 14 in New York, Sotheby's sells a view titled A Street, oil on canvas 127 x 76 cm painted in 1926, lot 34 estimated $ 12M.
With its sequences of skyscrapers on both sides of the street, this composition is almost symmetrical, like the view of Lake George. The walls are geometric, plain without windows, with a pleasant variation of pastel shades,
The roadway is not visible but the curved top of a street light shows that it is not far below. This tiny element judiciously centered on the lower edge becomes an anchor point from which the gaze can make an incessant back and forth through the central breach of the sky.
In the same year Georgia's close-ups of flowers caused a sensation in New York's artistic circles by their possible interpretation as female organs. Georgia, cautiously, will comment little. Stieglitz who usually supported new trends is reluctant by the masculinity of his wife's cityscapes. Indeed if he flipped A Street up and down, he may have seen an opened pair of legs.
The tweet below shows only the top of the image.
SOLD for $ 13.3M including premium