PHILIPPE HALSMAN | GEORGIA O'KEEFFE
1906 - 1979
mounted, credited Photograph by Halsman, signed Georgia O'Keeffe, and annotated Kindly return to Georgia O'Keeffe - Room 1710. 509 Madison by O'Keeffe in pencil on the mount, and with a Return to Times stamp and annotation in ink on the reverse
gelatin silver print
12 by 9 ⅝ inches
(30.5 by 24.4 cm)
Executed in 1948.
This gelatin silver print is in generally good condition. When examined in raking light, the following are visible: scattered linear craquelure which may break the emulsion; and an uneven glossiness to the surface in the left 2/3 of the print. There are a few small matte deposits in the upper left quadrant. The edges are worn with occasional chipping.
The mount exhibits general wear including some creases and minor soiling. There is an abrasion on the reverse which partially affects the Times stamp.
The annotation in an unidentified hand in ink on the reverse of the mount reads: 'Copyright Halsman. Photograph may only be used if credit line is given to Halsman. Kindly keep photograph clean + return to Georgia O'Keeffe 509 Madison Ave New York 22 N. Y.'
When examined under ultraviolet light, this print **
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Georgia O’Keeffe, Abiquiu, New Mexico
By descent to the present owner
cf. 'The Southwest: Sun and Scenery Attract New Colonists,' LIFE, vol. 26, no. 11, 14 March 1949, p. 67
cf. Yvonne Halsman, Halsman at Work: Philippe Halsman and Yvonne Halsman, New York, 1989, p. 73
Susan Danly, Georgia O’Keeffe and the Camera: The Art of Identity, New Haven, Connecticut, 2008, cover and p. 87, illustrated
Wanda M. Corn, Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, New York, 2018, frontispiece and p. 178, illustrated
Philippe Halsman took this photograph while visiting Georgia O'Keeffe at her Abiquiu ranch in 1948. Another image from the same sitting illustrated 'The Southwest: Sun and Scenery Attract New Colonists,' a photographic essay published in the March 1949 issue of LIFE magazine.