Georgia O'Keeffe (A), New York

Silver print

9 5/8 x 7 5/8 in

Irving Penn (1917-2009), one of the undisputed masters of twentieth-century photography, is known for his iconic images of haute couture and still life, but also, and above all, for his magnificent portraits of the artists, writers and celebrities who marked the cultural landscape of their time.

A key figure in American art, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) was a pioneer of abstract art in the United States. Her paintings, on the borderline of figuration, often represent landscapes or pieces of nature, which she treats without mimicry, projecting her own sensations into the heart of the motif. Her most famous works are certainly the Giant Flowers she painted in the late 1930s. A museum dedicated to her, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, was opened in 1997 in Santa Fe, eleven years after her death.

This photograph was shown for the first time by Pinault Collection in 2015 during the exhibition "Irving Penn, Resonance", at Palazzo Grassi, Venice.