Always one of my favorite things is to find photos of the artists with pets. Started off this week with Georgia and her cat.
Georgia moved to NYC in 1918 and lived with Stieglitz shortly thereafter. In 1924 Alfred’s wife granted him a divorce and in December Alfred and Georgia married. He was 24 years older. He began exhibiting his photographs of her and from 1923 until his death he organized an annual exhibition of her work. The first was 100 pieces, the second 51, and on and on like that every single year.
In 1925, she exhbited with John Marin, Charles Demuth, Paul Strand, Arthur Dove, and so that year (maybe fitting in with the men?) she showed several architecture pieces. Alfred and Georgia’s relationship started out very passionate but over time became very strained. There were a lot of responsibilities associated with being a gallery owner’s wife. Alfred was often ill. Friends encouraged her to visit family and travel without him.
In 1929 Georgia traveled to New Mexico with her friend, Rebecca Strand wife of photographer Paul Strand. They stayed in Taos as guests of Mabel Dodge Luhan, an arts writer and patron. Mabel provided Georgia with a studio. It was there that Georgia learned to drive. She fell in love with the desert and decided to extend her stay for 3 months. She bought a Ford for painting and camping trips.
Back in NY, Alfred was getting cozy with Dorothy Norman. Georgia went back and forth between New Mexico and New York. In 1932 she traveled to Canada to paint barns and the landscape. She also won a competition to paint a mural for Radio City Music Hall. But later in the year she learned that the ceiling would not support her canvases and so she gave up on the project. She suffered from depression, was hospitalized for two months, and stopped painting entirely.
In 1932, Georgia went to Bermuda to recuperate. She went back to work in 1934 after a 13 month break. She began with charcoal drawings and worked her way back to painting. Once back in New Mexico she out in her black Roadster to Ghost Ranch for the first time and fell in love with the place.
From 1934 on, she spent about half her year in NY (doing a gallery show every single year) and half her year in NM painting. In 1938 she went on horseback through Yosemite with Ansel Adams and friends.
And so here's the pieces that I started this week inspired by Georgia. She seemed to have shared my love of a good silhouette!