Modernism and the Feminine Voice: O'Keeffe and the Women of the Stieglitz Circle / Edition 1

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Overview

This opulently illustrated book reveals how Alfred Stieglitz's search for a pure, essential “woman in art” led him to several women before his vision found ultimate expression in Georgia O’Keeffe, whom Stieglitz portrayed as the shining, liberated feminine figure of his movement. Modernism and the Feminine Voice explores a group of extraordinary women who developed their voices through an affiliation with the Stieglitz circle—Gertrude Käsebier, Pamela Colman Smith, Anne Brigman, and Katharine Nash Rhoades—and shows how these artists helped define the woman modernist through their lives and their individual photographs and paintings. Profoundly revising Stieglitz's story of the woman modernist as embodied in the person and imagery of Georgia O'Keeffe, this pioneering book demonstrates that O’Keeffe was one voice among several which deserve recognition as the vanguard of American modernism. Kathleen Pyne adds fascinating but overlooked material to the history of modernism in New York with this book, which accompanies a major exhibition of the artists’ works.


In contrast to previous views of O'Keeffe's self-identity as that of either a forceful, hard-working professional or a strong, erotically charged woman, Pyne posits a new theory, that O'Keeffe had a secret self-identity that was indebted to Stieglitz's notion of the feminine voice as intuitive and childlike yet resistant to his eroticizing. While Stieglitz succeeded in canonizing O'Keeffe as the lone woman artist of modernism in New York, he based his image of O'Keeffe as the ideal woman on the contributions of the earlier women photographers and painters explored here. With abundant illustrations and detailed discussions of each artist's work, this engrossing book argues convincingly that O'Keeffe was not the only woman artist in the Stieglitz circle worthy of our contemplation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520241909
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/12/2007
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 378
  • Sales rank: 1,025,626
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Pyne is Professor of the History of Art at the University of Notre Dame and author of Art and the Higher Life: Painting and Evolutionary Thought in Late Nineteenth-Century America.

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     vii
Directors' Foreword     xxiii
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction     xxvii
The Photo-Secession and the Death of the Mother   Gertrude Kasebier   Pamela Colman Smith     1
The Speaking Body and the Feminine Voice   Anne Brigman     63
The Feminine Voice and the Woman-Child   Katharine Nash Rhoades   Georgia O'Keeffe     115
The Burden and the Promise of the Woman-Child   O'Keeffe in the 1920s     191
Notes     267
Index     321
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