Artist Letters: Georgia O’Keeffe

July 2, 2013
Letter, Georgia O’Keeffe to Edward Forbes, May 10, 1938. © 2013 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Harvard Art Museums Archives.

In a recent visit to our Archives, we happened upon this beautifully handwritten letter from Georgia O’Keeffe to Edward Forbes, the Fogg Museum’s former director.

In the letter, O’Keeffe writes how she was pleased when her husband Alfred Stieglitz told her that Forbes “enjoyed her paintings.” She invites Forbes over for tea at her New York apartment, and shares her fond memory of the time she spent with him at the Fogg Museum.

Here is the full transcript:

May 10—38

Dear Mr. Forbes:

Thank you so much for your letter of congratulation. The event in Williamsburg was very pleasant—being honored in a town that I had lived in during my teens and seeing many people in that way that I hadn’t seen for some 25 or 30 years. There was something really sweet about it.

I am glad that you have enjoyed my paintings. I too like very much the one that Stieglitz told me you liked.

When you come to New York again would you call me—Wi2-0334—and come for a cup of tea and a little talking. As you say—it is a long time since we have met.

I remember enjoying my hours at the Fogg Museum with you so much.

Stieglitz has been very ill in his bed for nearly three weeks with a bad heart but he is improving and sends you his greetings.


Georgia O’Keeffe

See a larger image of Georgia O’Keeffe’s letter to Edward Forbes on Flickr.

Look out for more artist letters in the months to come!

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