On January 1, 1916, Anita Pollitzer, living in New York, received a package in the mail containing ten charcoal drawings from her friend Georgia O’Keeffe, living in Columbia, South Carolina. She proceeded to take the works to Alfred Stieglitz, the modern art impressario of the day, at his famed 291 Gallery at 291 Fifth Avenue. One year later, when Stieglitz closed 291 at the height of WWI, after a show of O’Keeffe’s work, he is reported to have said: “Well I’m through, but I’ve given the world a woman.”
Steiglitz married O’Keeffe in 1924. He later opened An American Place Gallery on Madison Ave., which he managed until his death in 1946.
The Tate Modern in London will be presenting a show of O’Keeffe’s work this Summer.