She nevertheless finds a teacher to guide her talent. AW Dow is not a great artist but he is promoting line, mass and color. He is a figurative painter but his student takes his ideas to express her feelings through abstraction. Unrelated with the European artistic movements, with no further inspiration than her aesthetic sensibility, Georgia is one of the first US artists to explore the modern art.
She did not return immediately to color. Her charcoal drawings are animated by large spirals. At the end of 1915, aware of her profound originality that will continue to mark her career for seven decades, Georgia sends some examples of her art by post to a friend named Anita Pollitzer.
Anita knows Stieglitz. When Georgia visits the Gallery 291 a few months later, she sees her works on display. Stieglitz had not dared to ask for her permission. He tells Georgia that her drawings are the purest, finest and sincerest things that he exhibited in his gallery.
It is easy to understand to what extent the independent minded Georgia is encouraged by such a statement. Decidedly ahead of her time, she now tries a monochrome use of color. Her choice goes to the Prussian blue.
Blue I, watercolor 79 x 57 cm made in 1916, is included in the first solo exhibition of works by Georgia organized by Stieglitz at the 291 in April and May 1917. This seminal work was sold for $ 3M including premium by Christie's in New York on May 24, 2007. It comes back to the same auction room on May 19, lot 7 estimated $ 2.5M.
SOLD for $ 2.4M including premium