Modern Minute: Georgia O'Keeffe "Pool in the Woods, Lake George" (1922)

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Modern Minute: Georgia O'Keeffe "Pool in the Woods, Lake George" (1922)

Elizabeth Chew, the Betsy Main Babcock Director of the Curatorial and Education Division at Reynolda House, discusses Georgia O'Keeffe's Pool in the Woods, Lake George, on view in the Museum's exhibition Reynolda Moderns. Want to learn more? Watch all the Modern Minute videos!

Modern Minute: "Pool in the Woods, Lake George" Georgia O'Keeffe

Reynolda House is grateful for the generous support of Reynolda Moderns from media sponsor Our State magazine.

[TRANSCRIPT] Elizabeth Chew, Reynolda House: Georgia O’Keeffe, “Pool in the Woods” 1922


A lot of people think of Georgia O’Keeffe as an artist who only painted the American Southwest, but before she started painting bones in the New Mexico desert, she actually spent a good portion of her time at Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate in New York, where her dealer, lover, and later husband Alfred Stieglitz had a family estate. By the time she moved to New York in 1918 until 1929 or so, she spent three months out of every year there, so this is a really lush, mountainous, green, and very different kind of landscape than we see in her later work, but it was very important part of her development as an artist and a very important part of her body of work.


I think the works that O’Keefe made at Lake George are really my favorites in her really large body of work and its because you can see her as a young artist who's just come to New York City to be a professional artist, struggling with and working with the kinds of ways of looking that have become her signature throughout the rest of her career.


Another fun thing is that on the back of the frame of this painting there is a label that has the title of the work in Alfred Stieglitz’s handwriting.

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