Foursome: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury (Paperback)

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A captivating, spirited account of the intense relationship among four artists whose strong personalities and aesthetic ideals drew them together, pulled them apart, and profoundly influenced the very shape of twentieth-century art.

New York, 1921: Alfred Stieglitz, the most influential figure in early twentieth-century photography, celebrates the success of his latest exhibition. The centerpiece is a series of nude portraits of a young Georgia O'Keeffe, his soon-to-be wife and a painter poised to make her entrance into the art scene. There Paul Strand, Stieglitz's protégé, introduces the couple to his fiancé Rebecca Salbury, marking the first moment of a bond between the couples that will last more than a decade and reverberate throughout their lives. In the years that followed, O'Keeffe and Stieglitz became the preeminent couple in American modern art, spurring each other's creativity. Observing their relationship led Salsbury to encourage new artistic possibilities for Strand and to rethink her own potential as an artist. Carolyn Burke mines the correspondence of the foursome to reveal how each inspired, provoked, and unsettled the others while pursuing seminal modes of artistic innovation. The result is a surprising, illuminating portrait of four extraordinary figures.

About the Author


CAROLYN BURKE is the author of No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf, Lee Miller: A Life (finalist for the NBCC), and Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy. Born in Sydney, Australia, she now lives in Santa Cruz, California.

Praise For…


"A fabulous read. A wonderful book."--Diane Johnson

"Fascinating ... compelling ... thoroughly researched and capacious."--Wendy Lesser, The Wall Street Journal

"Deeply researched and richly imagined ... Burke focuses on two marriages in a way that amplifies the personal and artistic lives of a quartet of painters and photographers and magnifies their powerful influence on 20th-century art ... ingenious."--The National Book Review

"Expert and enthralling ... illuminates key intimate and historical aspects of the lives of four extraordinarily creative, intrepid, and influential artists to profound effect."--Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)

"Fascinating, well-told."--Sarah Boxer, The New York Times Book Review

"[A] sharp-eyed group portrait of two artistic couples ... [Burke depicts] in rich detail the complex interactions among four vibrant people during a seminal era in American culture--a task she accomplishes in astute, lucid prose."--Wendy Smith, The Washington Post

"Seasoned biographer Burke ... chronicles the intertwined lives of four 20th-century influencers who propelled American photography and painting through momentous decades ... solidly researched."--Library Journal

"Intimate and exhaustively researched ... offers detailed insight into one of the most important periods in American art."--Publishers Weekly

"A well-researched account of sensual artists."--Kirkus



Product Details
ISBN: 9781984899705
ISBN-10: 1984899708
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: March 10th, 2020
Pages: 432