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    Georgia O'Keefe Autograph Letter Signed to Long-Time Friend Anita Pollitzer five pages, 8.5" x 11", Abiquiu, New Mexico, January 30, 1961 to Anita Pollitzer with a variety of excellent content. O'Keefe has obviously just learned of a recent operation undergone by Pollitzer and writes "Your little note startles me. You do not say what kind of an operation you had or what was the matter with you." O'Keefe writes about the success of a recent showing in Worcester, Massachusetts "...thought it looked very well and different from other retrospective shows...I was quite pleased." She then comments on her recent trip to Japan, Formosa, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Bangkok, Cambodia, Australia, Fiji and Tahiti - "...it was a lovely trip". O'Keefe then describes Christmas in the quaint New Mexico village of Abiquiu - "The whole village is decorated with candles and bonfires...I put out about 380 candles in paper sacks looking like lanterns along all the roofs and walks...lots of people come in the evenings...others always come for posole - a dish made with fresh pork, onions and chilie [sic]...it is a specialty on Xmas". She laments that "Life in cowboy country is a bit difficult but I like it". She ends the letter "I enclose [a] check that I will send you the first of each month for 6 months" and signs off "Georgia". Included is the original envelope with return address as "G. O Keefe/ Abiquiu/ New Mexico" in O'Keefe's hand. The address has been deliberately obliterated but "Anita" remains clearly legible. This is a wonderful content letter that gives the reader an intimate insight into Georgia O'Keefe's life in her beloved New Mexico and her work there as an artist. Anita Pollitzer and Georgia O'Keefe became friends while attending Columbia University. It was Pollitzer that first brought a young O'Keefe to the attention of New York art dealer Alfred Stieglitz. Pollitzer is best known for her work in the suffrage movement and her affiliation with the National Woman's Party.

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