Georgia O'Keeffe and Orville Cox, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona

Accession Number

Georgia O'Keeffe and Orville Cox, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona

Ansel Adams

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1937; printed 1981

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

7 1/2 in x 10 9/16 in (19.05 cm x 26.83 cm);22 1/8 in x 28 1/4 in (56.2 cm x 71.75 cm);16 1/16 in x 20 1/16 in (40.8 cm x 50.96 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Harry H. Lunn, Jr.

Subject matter
Photographed from a kneeling perspective, this photograph shows an intimate moment between the painter, Georgia O’Keeffe and Orville Cox, a guide. The two people wear black cowboy hats and dark clothing. It appears as if some exchange has just been uttered moments before the image was taken. Drawing her charcoal gray shawl about her, O’Keeffe looks knowingly at Cox with a smile, who appears to have lowered his head in agreement. This word-less exchange is emphasized by the angle from which the image was created, which frames the two figures against a backdrop of sweeping clouds. The friendly warmth and lax demeanor of the two exudes a palpable feeling of relaxed intimacy and understanding.

Physical Description
This photograph depicts a man and a woman wearing black cowboy hats and dark jackets and framed against a cloudy sky.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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cowboy hats
jackets (garments)
men (male humans)
modern and contemporary art
women (female humans)

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