Clearly this photo of summer gladiolas is not of a Georgia O’Keeffe painting, though it was influenced by her art work. O’Keeffe, one of the seminal American artists of the Twentieth Century was known, amongst other things for her sensuous paintings of flowers. Most of her most well known flower paintings were created whilst staying in Lake George at the family home of her husband, the photographer and art dealer, Alfred Stieglitz, where she spent from spring through autumn during the early part of her career. It was while painting at Lake George that she developed many aspects of her style, which continued to progress after she moved to New Mexico. Until recently, not much was known about these Lake George years in O’Keeffe’s development, but thanks to recently released personal communications from O’Keeffe and a brilliant limited time exhibition organized and arranged by the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY, called “Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George,” that is changing. I recently saw the show with a dazzling tour given by my friend, Anne Morris, a docent at the Hyde. The exhibit will only be at the Hyde until September 15th, when it will travel west to Santa Fe and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum before finishing up at the deYoung in San Francisco. For more on this show, see this article from The New York Times.