Georgia O’Keeffe ‘double view’ painting fetches $12.9M at auction

Property from the Collection of J.E. Safra, Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986), 'Lake George Reflection,' oil on canvas, 58 x 34 in. Painted circa 1921-22. Price realized: $12,933,000. Christie's Images Ltd.

Property from the Collection of J.E. Safra, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986), ‘Lake George Reflection,’ oil on canvas, 58 x 34 in. Painted circa 1921-22. Price realized: $12,933,000. Christie’s Images Ltd.

 

NEW YORK (AP) – A monumental painting by Georgia O’Keeffe that can be viewed horizontally or vertically sold for $12.9 million at a New York City auction.

Lake George Reflection, created in 1921-1922, was offered at Christie’s on Thursday.

Measuring 5-feet by 3-feet, it was inspired by O’Keeffe’s visits to Alfred Stieglitz’s family compound on the upstate New York lake. She married the celebrated photographer in 1924.

Horizontally, it’s a landscape of rolling hills reflected in a body of water. Vertically, it becomes abstract, more reminiscent of her iconic flower paintings.

O’Keeffe herself hung it vertically when it was first exhibited in a New York gallery in 1923.

Apart from its sale at auction in the 1990s, it hadn’t been seen publicly since the 1923 exhibition.

The current O’Keeffe auction record is $44.4 million.

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