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Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keeffe: On the Intangible in Art and Nature

Author: Hammond, Anne
Publisher: Routledge, History of Photography 32:4
Date: Winter 2008
ISsN: 0308-7298
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Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keeffe, although committed realist artists using straightforward photographic technique and a disarmingly objective style of painting, transfigured the natural scene artistically, to express a profoundly metaphysical response to nature.

Both Adams and O’Keeffe were aware of manifold currents of mystical thought in the 1930s through personal contact with the theosophical teachers A.R. Orage and Jean Toomer. Treating landscape figures as psychological and spiritual phenomena, they shared a lifelong quest for creative development and self-discovery through the forms of nature.