The motif of the Black Bird returned four years later, in the same colors, but simplified, abstract.

O’Keeffe has taken a geometrical approach to where the black bird is simplified and emphasized into a straight, black ‘V’.

It is almost reminiscent of some of Stieglitz’s earlier photographies of a section of Georgia’s “bikini area”!

O’Keeffe: Black Bird series, 1950

You could almost get the idea that they were still communicating with each other, four years after his death.

Perhaps he was, in a dreamlike kind of way, still in the picture…


Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set – Volume I & II: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Photographs 

In Focus: Alfred Steiglitz : Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (In Focus (J. Paul Getty Museum)) 

American Masters – Alfred Stieglitz: The Eloquent Eye


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