Modern Nature: Georgia O'Keeffe and Lake George

Modern Nature

Georgia O'Keeffe and Lake George

  1. Erin B. Coe
  2. Gwendolyn Owens
  • ISBN 9780500093740
  • 30.50 x 22.30 cm
  • Hardback with tipped on colour plate to front board (without jacket)
  • 200pp
  • With 124 illustrations in colour and black and white
  • First published 2013

A landmark survey that illuminates the formative influence of Lake George in the life and art of Georgia O’Keeffe

Although O’Keeffe is usually associated with the desert landscape of New Mexico, her professional development as an artist largely occurred during the many years she summered at Alfred Stieglitz’s family estate at Lake George, in the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York. 

• Published to accompany an exhibition originating at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, the book is essential reading for anyone interested in Georgia O’Keeffe and the history of American art.
• More than seventy colour plates display the extraordinary body of work created by O’Keeffe at Lake George – magnified botanical compositions, studies of the trees and weathered buildings, panoramic landscapes, and bold abstractions – and are accompanied by rarely seen photographs by Alfred Stieglitz.
• Illustrated essays by three scholars of American art explore the impact of Lake George on O’Keeffe’s early career, the importance of the trees and local landscape in her work, and her emergence as an influential female artist during this period.
• The first book to examine O’Keeffe’s time at Lake George in detail, Modern Nature looks behind the public persona O’Keeffe created for herself in her later career, revealing a surprisingly different portrait of this widely mythologized artist.

Erin B. Coe is chief curator of The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, New York. Gwendolyn Owens is consultant curator of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Bruce Robertson is a professor of art history at the University of California, Santa Barbara.