Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz


- 01/10/2021-

She was a key figure in twentieth century American art and has distinguished herself throughout her career by experimenting with styles and techniques. Participating in the invention of American modernism in New York in the 1920s, then in the search for identity that marked the United States in the 1930s, she ended up becoming a few years later a pioneer of "hard edge" abstract painting, particularly known for her paintings of giant flowers.

White Iris by Georgia O'Keeffe
Portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz

He believed that "photography is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality". A philosophy that guided his art with a "pure" aesthetic, a style that seeks to depict a scene in the most realistic and objective way. It allowed him to impose himself on the New York art scene of the early twentieth century.

Lovers, then husband and wife, their love inspired their respective works. Their relationship was passionate on the sentimental and artistic level. Sultry couple of the New York avant-garde, the photographer fell in love with the works of Georgia, 23 years his junior, in 1916. He left his wife a few years later, to marry the one that will become his muse. Inspired by her vision of shapes and her sense of aesthetics, he photographed her from all angles, with an erotic tension that challenged the codes of puritanism of the time. Capturing the angles of Georgia's face, the curves of her body, and the lines of her hands, Stieglitz managed to convey his own desire in a series of black and white photographs that still testify to the intensity of their romance. 

Our GEORGIA model revives this story of art and love, by putting on the dial one of these pictures combining aesthetic forms and sensuality. To continue your discovery of the artists who inspired this watch, LAPS recommends Alain Vircondelet's french book Amours fous, Passions fatales, devoted to the great love encounters in art, and invites you to the Georgia O'Keffe exhibition from September 8th to December 6th at the Centre Pompidou.