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Birch Trees at Dawn on Lake George

Georgia O'Keeffe, American, 1887–1986
Oil on canvas
Made in
Lake George, New York, United States, North and Central America
Lake George, New York, United States, North and Central America
Current Location
Not on view
36 × 30 in. (91.4 × 76.2 cm)
framed: 37 3/8 in. × 31 3/8 in. × 2 in. (94.9 × 79.7 × 5.1 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Ernest W. Stix
© 2008 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Object Number
In this painting, curving, tubular shapes and light colors evoke not only breeze-struck birch trees in early morning light but the sensuous lines of the human torso as well. Georgia O’Keeffe developed a personal language of semi-abstract forms to suggest the moods of nature. Her in-laws kept a summer home at Lake George in upstate New York, which was the site for the imagery seen in this work.
1926 - 1964
Mrs. Ernest W. Stix (Erma K. Stix), St. Louis, MO, purchased from the artist through Alfred Stieglitz [1]

1964 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, given by Erma K. Stix [2]

[1] A letter from Alfred Stieglitz to Mrs. Stix dated February 25, 1926 acknowledges Mrs. Stix's purchase of this painting. Another letter dated March 6, 1926 from Stieglitz mentions that the picture will be ready for shipment to St. Louis in a week. An announcement for the Intimate Gallery in New York is attached to the letter, and gives the dates for a show of Georgia O'Keeffe's work as February 11 - March 11, 1926 [correspondence, SLAM document files]. It is likely that Mrs. Stix purchased the painting at Alfred Stieglitz' Intimate Gallery while it was on exhibition in early 1926.

[2] Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control and Associate Members of the Board of Control of the City Art Museum, October 22, 1964.
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