Georgia O'Keeffe was one of the last artists honored with a solo exhibition at 291. She comes to live with Alfred in June 1918. Aged 31, she is 23 years younger than him. So begins one of the most remarkable artistic collaborations of modern art.
Alfred immediately started an extensive photographic series of portraits of Georgia. He will make more than 300 photos over a 20-year period. The first two years are particularly prolific as if Alfred suddenly discovered the passion of his life.
On March 31 in New York, Christie's sells a portrait of Georgia before one of her drawings, lot 233 estimated $ 400K, platinum print 25 x 20 cm from a negative realized in 1918. The slightly raised gaze is rather indifferent under a hat which hides the forehead but the actual expression is centered on the flexibility of the fingers.
On the following year, her hands became a separate theme just like her nude torso. A 25 x 20 cm palladium print of the hands was sold for $ 1,47M including premium by Sotheby's on 14 February 2006.