National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Elizabeth Rhoades Reynolds
Born New York City
Katharine Nash Rhoades left her prominent New York family for an extensive European tour with two friends, sculptor Malvina Hoffman and painter Marion Beckett, when she was twenty-three. Although she had taken private art lessons since the age of nineteen, her travels abroad solidified her desire to pursue a career as an artist. On her return, Alfred Stieglitz published her poetry in his periodical, Camera Work. When he exhibited her Fauvist paintings at his 291 gallery in 1915, critics noted that she had “not been studying with any one, but [has been] in Paris, and that has been enough.” This is one of multiple photographs that Stieglitz made of Rhoades at the time of her exhibition at his gallery, shortly before he met and photographed Georgia O’Keeffe. The print belonged to Rhoades and remained in her family until it was presented to the National Portrait Gallery.