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Typed letter signed - O'KEEFFE Georgia - 1971. 
1971 - O'KEEFFE, Georgia. Typed letter signed. Abiquiu, New Mexico: No publisher, August 27, 1971. Original two leaves of onionskin carbons (each 8-1/2 by 11 inches) in typescript, signed, initialed on the rectos; three leaves of typescript in facsimile on the rectos. Together housed in a custom clamshell box. $3500.Typed letter signed by renowned artist Georgia O'Keeffe to her sister, boldly signed by O'Keeffe on the second page, with her initials, "G O'K" on the first page of the two carbon leaves, writing her sister about "my paintings owned by you". and my paintings lent to you by me," as well as her wishes for certain paintings designated for the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other major museums, housed in a beautiful custom clamshell box."Georgia O'Keeffe was a key figure in the American 20th century". as a strong and individual colorist and as the lyric poet of her beloved New Mexico landscape, she left her mark on the history of American art". O'Keeffe's career, Hilton Kramer wrote, ''is unlike almost any other in the history of modern art in America.'' It embraced virtually the whole history of modern art" (New York Times). This August 27, 1971 letter speaks to the artistic legacy of Georgia O'Keeffe, as well as her close relationship with her sister, Anita, wife of Robert R. Young. "Georgia remarked late in her own artistic career that Anita would have painted circles around her if she hadn't been afraid to free her own imagination on paper" (Reilly, Georgia O'Keeffe, 321), and in March 1984 Georgia was visiting her sister in Florida when she suffered a coronary and was flown back to New Mexico, only two years before her death at age 98. The subject of this letter is, as she writes in part, "conversations between us regarding my paintings owned by you". and my paintings lent to you by me," as well as her desire for select paintings "to go to the institutions designated" by her. At times, in earlier wills, "O'Keeffe had named family members as legatees". During the 1970s, however, the wills she had made directed more property to the public than to family, and in the 1979 will, no family members at all were named as heirs". The change in her property planning had little bearing on Georgia's family relationships. These were still strong and affectionate" (Robinson, Georgia O'Keeffe, 542). Upon her own death in 1985, "Anita willed all ten of her Georgia O'Keeffe paintings to the Robert R. Young Foundation," which had been established to honor her husband (Reilly, 323).The text of the letter reads: "Abiquiu, New Mexico 87510, August 27, 1971. Mrs. Robert R. Young, FAIRHOLME [upper case in original] Ochre Point, Newport, Rhode Island 06840. Dear Anita: This will confirm conversations between us regarding my paintings owned by you (see List A) and my paintings lent to you by me (see Lists B and C). As to those paintings owned by you (see List A), you agree upon your death by your last will and testament or other undertaking to cause these paintings to go to the institutions designated on List A. I would like you to make it a condition of such a gift that these institutions may not lend these paintings, except for once in twenty years. Such a loan could only be for a major retrospective exhibition of my work held by a museum, or an equivalent exhibition of the Stieglitz Collection, or for some unforeseen situation of special importance which may come up. I would also like you to ask that the O'Keeffe frame which I have designed (silver or metal) be kept on these paintings, unless the institution wishes to show them without any frame at all. Such agreement on your part so as to dispose of these paintings in no way restricts your right to sell them during your lifetime in case you are in personal need. Should you need to sell any of these paintings, however, you will give me or my legal representative the right to purchase the painting or paintings to be disposed of at the prices you paid for them. As [Attributes: Signed Copy]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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