An extraordinary collection of letters--one that reveals a youthful and fiery O'Keeffe who wants ""everything in the...


LOVINGLY, GEORGIA: The Complete Correspondence of Georgia O'Keeffe & Anita Pollitzer

An extraordinary collection of letters--one that reveals a youthful and fiery O'Keeffe who wants ""everything in the world."" ""The SKY--Anita you have never seen such SKY--,"" the artist writes from Canyon, Texas, in 1916. A month later she laughs at her own landscapes--""slits in nothingness are not very easy to paint."" O'Keeffe and Pollitzer had met in 1914 when they were art students at Columbia Univ.'s Teacher's College. Between 1915 and 1917, when O'Keeffe was teaching in Virginia, South Carolina, and Texas, they carried on an intense correspondence. Disarmed by her buoyant friend, O'Keeffe talks openly about her work, about El Greco, Ibsen, Nietzsche, about reading The Divine Comedy in a thunderstorm, and about falling under the spell of the plains and a young teacher (loving ""will eat you up and swallow you whole""). This wonderful correspondence (some of the best letters have been previously published) also clearly documents Pollitzer's part in O'Keeffe's progress. Anita tells the isolated Georgia to ""grit your teeth & bear it,"" inundating her with news of art, music, books, and the New York scene. In 1916, she astutely praises O'Keeffe's drawings as ""past the personal stage into the big sort of emotions,"" and shows them to Alfred Stieglitz. The next year, Stieglitz gives O'Keeffe her first exhibition and the letters fall off. In 1950, after writing a Saturday Review article on O'Keeffe (included here), Pollitzer began the artist's biography (A Woman on Paper: Georgia O'Keeffe, 1988). O'Keeffe's last, brutal letter rejects the book as a ""myth""--even though half a century before, Georgia had accurately told her friend that ""your letters have a spark of the kind of fire in them that makes life worthwhile."" A valuable addition to the booming O'Keeffe field, and a rare document of friend. ship between women with dreams.

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1990


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Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1990