This celebratory collage features an Ansel Adams autograph and Georgia O’Keeffe signed letter. These signed and authenticated documents represent two of America’s greatest treasures.
Ansel Adams was a beloved black and white photographer known for his magnificent photographs of the American West. He helped to elevate photography from a documentation tool to high art. Georgia O’Keeffe was an American artist best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers and New Mexico landscapes. She is considered the mother of American Modernism.
The collage includes a first day of issue cover signed by the famous photographer, Ansel Adams. His signature is in the lower portion of the envelope and is dated to May 20, 1980. The envelope has a central stamp relating to the release of the Photography USA stamp. The stamp dates to June 26, 1978 and is from Las Vegas, Nevada. The cover was a special release by The Colorado Silk for the postage stamp that was the first to bear the 15 cent price.
Also included is a typed, signed letter from Georgia O’Keeffe to Reverend William J. Fletcher, thanking him "...for the pictures that you sent me. I had completely forgotten them. I know Father Kelly had 2 drawings of mine of a little plant - about 5 or 6 inches high. I would be interested to know where they went when he died, if anybody knows... I have asked Miss Bry to send you a brochure on the portfolio. You may have gone to New York when she was away. If you go again, telephone first. She won't open the door unless she is sure who it is...".
Doris Bry was O'Keeffe's longtime New York representative and business agent. She began working for O'Keeffe in 1945, following the death of Alfred Stieglitz, and by 1965 she was her exclusive dealer and agent. The letter is dated February 20, 1973.
The envelope has some minor tape marks on the back, as expected. The letter is creased where it was once folded, but otherwise has no notable damage.
Framed dimensions: 35 1/4" H x 19" W x 1 3/4" D