|Alfred Stieglitz: Equivalent (Set H, Print 1), 1923; gelatin silver print; 4 5/8 x 3 5/8 in.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Alfred Stieglitz Collection|
I have come to see them as expressions of his happiness, passion and love for/with Georgia O'Keeffe. There has been much discussion on this famous art world love story, and I firmly believe that O'Keeffe, with her sensual relation to the natural world, impacted him to move his work in this direction. There is a particular painting of hers that was produced around the same time as these photographs by Stieglitz, and the similarities are striking.
|A Celebration, 1924. Oil on canvas. Georgia O'Keeffe American, 1887-1986 34 7/8 x 18 in. (88.6 x 45.7 cm) 36 1/4 x 19 3/8 (92.1 x 49.2 cm) in the permenant collection of Seattle Art Museum|
|Alfred Stieglitz, Equivalent, 1924 - 192|
" - I still continue to learn - There is so much to learn. - Not in the ordinary sense - not the knowledge talked of & which it is said one should have - but a learning about something which very few seem to know much about - "
Alfred Stieglitz, in a letter to Georgia O'Keeffe, (Lake George, NY, September 25, 1923)
From "My Faraway One", Selected Letters of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, Volume 1, 1915-1933, edited by Sarah Greenough, Yale University Press, 2011.
Other references: "Equivalence: The Perennial Trend", Minor White, PSA Journal, Vol. 29, No. 7, pp. 17-21, 1963