STIEGLITZ, ALFRED (1864-1946) Ida O'Keeffe with birthday cake. Silver print, 3 1/2x4 1/2 inches (8.8x11.4 cm.), on the original mount, with Ida's notations "Photo by Alfred Stieglitz at Lake George on my birthday, 1924, Ida," in pencil, on mount verso. 1924 Estimate $5,000-7,500
From the estate of Ida O'Keeffe; to the present owner.
A print of this image is in the National Gallery of Art's Key Set, #1040 (1949.3.591) [209 A].
Alfred Stieglitz, The Key Set, Volume Two 1923-1937, 606.
Throughout the 1920s, Stieglitz's summers were spent at Lake George, a community nestled in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. It was there he photographed a private life he shared with family and friends, including Georgia O'Keeffe, whom he married in 1924--the summer these photographs were created--and her younger sister, Ida.
Stieglitz's photographs of Ida are intimate studies that capture her at unique moments. Pictured with her birthday cake, Ida's face is aglow, softly illuminated with a radiant quality of light. Shown with a rifle, presenting her quarry, she appears happy and self-satisfied. Photographed in a boldly patterned dress, she shyly turns away from the camera whereas holding a sprig of flowers her expression is direct and sweet.