Georgia O'Keeffe

Lake George with Crows

1921
Georgia O’Keeffe spent many summers with her lover, the photographer Alfred Stieglitz, at his family home at Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains. Likely 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.
Title
Lake George with Crows
Date
1921
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
72 x 63.2 cm
Nationality
American
Credit line
Gift of the Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation, Abiquiu, New Mexico, 1995
Rights
© The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation
Accession number
37690