Lake George with Crows, 1921
oil on canvas
72 x 63.2 cm
Gift of the Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation, Abiquiu, New Mexico, 1995
National Gallery of Canada (no. 37690)
© The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation
Georgia O'Keeffe spent many summers at the Stieglitz family home at Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains with her lover, the photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Probably painted in late summer or early fall, O'Keeffe picked a grey day for this view of the lake, which she painted from a farmhouse window with a gauzy curtain floating on the right. The water is seen from an almost aerial viewpoint and is shaped into an oval pond narrowing to a thin inlet. It is not accidental that the blue ovoid, which is embraced by the arms of the shoreline, resembles the shape of a womb. O'Keeffe's landscape paintings often refer to the female body in her unfulfilled desire to have children.