© 2008 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Title: Birch Trees at Dawn on Lake George
Date: 1925
Artist: Georgia O'Keeffe
American, 1887–1986
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
36 x 30 in. (91.4 x 76.2 cm)
framed: 37 3/8 x 31 3/8 in. (94.9 x 79.7 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Ernest W. Stix
Object Number: 14:1964
Place depicted: Lake George, New York, United States
Current Location: Not On View
Notes:
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.
Signed: unsigned
Provenance
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]


Notes:
[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.
Exhibition History
Title: Made in America: Ten Centuries of American Art
Date: February 5, 1995 - October 6, 1996
Venue: Carnegie Museum of Art
Venue: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Venue: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Venue: Toledo Museum of Art
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Georgia O'Keeffe: Nature and Abstraction
Date: March 6, 2007–January 1, 2008
Venue: Irish Museum of Modern Art
Venue: Vancouver Art Gallery
Title: Fifty Recent Paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe
Date: February 11 - March 11, 1926
Venue: Intimate Gallery
Title: Georgia O'Keeffe Memorial Exhibition
Date: March 13 - May, 1986
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Forty New Paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe (Georgia O'Keeffe: Paintings, 1926)
Date: January 11 - February 27, 1927
Venue: Intimate Gallery
Title: Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities
Date: May 23, 2008 – January 4, 2009
Venue: Smithsonian Institution
Venue:
Venue: The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Venue: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Title: Georgia O'Keeffe (2003)
Date: October 24, 2003 - February 1, 2004
Venue: Kunsthaus Zürich
Title: Georgia O'Keeffe (1975)
Date: October 24 - November 12, 1975
Venue: The Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum
Title: Georgia O'Keeffe & Alfred Stieglitz Two Lives: A Conversation in Painting and Photographs
Date: December 12, 1992 - December 5, 1993
Venue: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Venue: IBM Gallery of Science and Art
Venue: The Phillips Collection
Venue: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Title: American Women: 20th Century
Date: September 15 - October 29, 1972
Venue: Lakeview Center for the Arts and Sciences
Title: Alfred Steiglitz and Modern Art in America
Date: January 28 - April 22, 2001
Venue: National Gallery of Art
Title: Paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe
Date: September 29 - November 3, 1974
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Publication History
Title: Two Lives: Georgia O'Keeffe & Alfred Stieglitz, A Conversation in Paintings and Photographs
Author: Belinda Rathbone
Author: Roger Shattuck
Author: Elizabeth Hutton Turner
Title: Georgia O'Keeffe: Nature and Abstraction
Author: Richard D. Marshall
Publisher: Irish Museum of Modern Art
Title: The Saint Louis Art Museum Handbook of the Collections
Editor: Mary Ann Steiner
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Georgia O'Keeffe
Publisher: Kunsthaus Zürich
Author: Bice Curiger
Title: The Art and Life of Georgia O'Keeffe
Author: Jan Garden Castro
Title: Georgia O'Keeffe - Catalogue Raisonné
Author: Barbara Buhler Lynes
Title: American Women: 20th Century
Publisher: Lakeview Center for the Arts and Sciences
Title: Georgia O'Keeffe
Year Published: 1990
Title: Georgia O'Keeffe
Author: Elizabeth Montgomery
Title: Georgia's Lake George
Periodical Title: Arts & Activities
Author: Jane Maxfield
Title: Remembering Georgia O'Keeffe
Periodical Title: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Author: Patricia Rice
Title: O'Keeffe, Stieglitz and the Critics, 1916-1929
Year Published: 1989
Title: Modern Art and America: Alfred Stieglitz and his New York Galleries
Editor: Sarah Greenough
Title: Made in America: Ten Centuries of American Art
Author: Jeremy Strick
Editor: Kathryn C. Johnson
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
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