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Foursome Alfred Stieglitz Georgia O'Keeffe Paul Strand Rebecca Salsbury kindle Ý Kindle Edition read µ ❮Reading❯ ➶ Foursome Alfred Stieglitz Georgia O'Keeffe Paul Strand Rebecca Salsbury ➮ Author Carolyn Burke – A captivating spiTurning point for O’Keeffe poised to make her entrance into the art scene and for Rebecca Salsbury the fiancée of Stieglitz’s protégé at the time Paul Strand When Strand introduces Salsbury to Stieglitz and O’Keeffe it is the first moment of a bond between the two couples that will last than a decade and reverberate throughout their lives In the years that followed O’Keeffe and Stieglitz became the preeminent couple in American modern art spurring each other’s creativity Observin I thought this book gave eual time to all these artists in particular Rebecca Salisbury who often seems to disappear historically after her divorce from Paul Strand Insightful and a pleasant read I really enjoyed it

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A captivating spirited account of the intense relationship among four artists whose strong personalities passionate feelings and aesthetic ideals drew them together pulled them apart and profoundly influenced the very shape of twentieth century artNew York 1921 Alfred Stieglitz the most influential figure in early twentieth century photography celebrates the success of his latest exhibition the centerpiece a series of nude portraits of the young Georgia O’Keeffe soon to be his wife It is a Tangled LivesThe voluminous correspondence of four charismatic companions inspires Carolyn Burke's latest forensic biography Burke's impressive new book Foursome provides among other things a compelling portrait of American modernism in the making The players here are no less than iconoclastic painter Georgia O'Keeffe and her mentor and lover the domineering photographer Alfred Stieglitz whose artistic circle— Edward Steichen Arthur Dove John Marin Marsden Hartley Paul Strand and Edward Weston—shaped the paradigm for American visual art Burke's exploration expands beyond the two better known artists to include Strand an acolyte of Stieglitz who went on to document proletariat struggles in Mexico and various emerging nations as well as his wife Rebecca Salsbury who for a decade was O'Keeffe's close companion How close? Well you'll need to read the book to decide Yet it is O'Keeffe and Stieglitz who emerge most indelibly Their mercurial often maniacal devotion to their art and to each other practically leaps off Burke's absorbing pagesEager to establish himself as an arbiter of the American avant garde Stieglitz initiated the influential 291 gallery on Fifth Avenue after the Great War Stieglitz' uest for new talent led him to a young school teacher named Georgia O'Keeffe Upon first seeing O'Keeffe's charcoal drawings in 1915 he exclaimed Finally a woman on paper A woman gives herselfThe moment when O'Keeffe and Stieglitz caught fire both personally and professionally came at the 1918 exhibition of his nude photographs The sensual photographs of O'Keeffe's torso and breasts created a media sensation From then on their careers became the stuff of gossip praise and legendThe central core of Burke's generous research including key illustrations chronicles the years from 1920 to 1934 in which the four companions wove a web of mutual flirtation seduction artistic experimentation jealousy betrayal and greater or lesser fameBurke uotes lavishly from what must have been a blizzard of letters among the four as well as their other paramours Weary of being psychoanalyzed by male critics O'Keeffe hoped for a female interpreter and in the late '20s approached Mabel Dodge whose artist colony at Taos had hosted DH Lawrence Carl Jung and Henry Miller I feel there is something unexplored about woman that only a woman can explore O'Keeffe wrote to Dodge Taos enchanted both O'Keeffe and Salsbury who drove out to New Mexico together in spring of 1929 We have had a beautiful relationship together and feel the need of nobody else Beck wrote to her husband I am entirely myself in her company Over the course of endless transformative discoveries O'Keeffe's work became internationally famous The shadow of Stieglitz was long indeed but not long enough to contain the willful and promiscuous O'Keeffe whose genius was matched by her stunning independence She was the first woman to have a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 1946 As Stieglitz—23 years her senior—grew crusty and narcissistic O'Keeffe reinvented herself and her interests in New Mexico eventually moving there permanently while Stieglitz found new female acolytes to tend his hearth and other needs But as the letters show their love was strong and passionate to the very

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Foursome Alfred Stieglitz Georgia O'Keeffe Paul Strand Rebecca SalsburyG their relationship led Salsbury to encourage new artistic possibilities for Strand and to rethink her own potential as an artist In fact it was Salsbury the least known of the four who was the main thread that wove the two couples’ lives together Carolyn Burke mines the correspondence of the foursome to reveal how each inspired provoked and unsettled the others while pursuing seminal modes of artistic innovation The result is a surprising illuminating portrait of four extraordinary figure This is the story of two artist couples Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe and their far less famous friends Paul Strand and Rebecca Salsbury I've long admired O'Keeffe's work and have read a lot about her so there wasn't much I didn't remember reading before other than the odd fact that O'Keeffe and Salbury both liked plastic flowers I did enjoy seeing Salsbury's art and learning about her father's connection to the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show but I couldn't bring myself to really care about the tortured relationship that she had with Strand eventually they divorcedThere is of course plenty about Stieglitz and O'Keeffe For the deep emotional details of their relationship I recommend a better source Sara Greenough's compilation of their letters My Faraway One Carolyn Burke does offer of what his mistress Dorothy Norman thought about their relationship Burke also addresses the theory that O'Keeffe had a sexual relationship with Salsbury andor Jean Toomer and concludes the answer is noThere is such a thing as too much detail and at times it really weighs down this book Yet other times it seems like the detail is strangely missing In the chapter on Stiglitz's early life there is a single sentence dealing with Steiglitz' admission that while in Germany he fathered a child to whom he sent an annual allowance What's really odd is that this is in parentheses suggesting to me that the editor added it later perhaps even over the objections of the authorStieglitz was a pioneer the leader of the movement to make photography an art form and uite a good judge of modern art However he had such an ego and the facts about what he did and said make it seem like he must have been an insufferable narcissist Yet he must have had uite the personality as young women and aspiring artists seemed to flock to him and O'Keeffe accommodated his infidelity even when it was at the expense of her own mental health