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Georgia by Dawn Tripp

Georgia by Dawn Tripp

 

Alfred Stieglitz called the relationship between himself and Georgia O’Keefe, “a mixing of souls,” and that’s a perfect description of this new fictional biography of Georgia . It’s like her story can’t be told without Alfred’s and vice versa.

The two artists met in 1915 and became lovers and eventually husband and wife, a relationship that lasted until Stieglitz’s death in 1946. The book is an intimate look at their marriage including the spaces each carved out for themselves to create the art that we now recognize as revolutionary. Georgia, known for her bold use of color and willingness to look beyond an object to its essence, and Stieglitz, known for pushing the boundaries in photography both in subject and technique, struggle throughout the book to develop their individual identities and concepts of art and keep them separate from their marriage.

 

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Tripp is a beautiful writer who draws the reader into the mind of Georgia – into her thinking about the world around her and her vision of the type of paintings she wanted to create without male influence. So, throughout the book, there is a tension between Alfred’s desire to control Georgia’s art and Georgia’s desire to create something totally new, totally separate from her husband’s vision of who she should be . In an interview with Michael Gold, art critic, Georgia remarks coolly that, “art is, fundamentally, a personal struggle and that women as a class are, fundamentally oppressed…success as an artist is a victory for every woman.”

The book inspires the reader to look closer at the world, to understand the mind of the artist and to carve out space in our lives for what’s important to us.

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