Philadelphia Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections
From 1930 to 1937, Alfred Stieglitz created a series of portraits of his intimate friend, supporter, and biographer, Dorothy Norman. Norman was born in Philadelphia, but in 1925, after studying art at the Barnes Foundation in suburban Merion, she moved to New York. It was there she met Stieglitz, whose charismatic personality and total commitment to art would engage her profound interest and change her life. As equally involved with social causes as with art, she founded and edited Twice a Year, a journal of literature, the arts, and civil liberties. She was primarily responsible for Stieglitz's last gallery, An American Place, where Stieglitz held an exhibition of his photographs of her in 1932. As a whole, these portraits, such as this example, draw a close circle around this active woman and look deep into the innocent, caring, and spiritual soul within. In 1968, Norman helped to found the Alfred Stieglitz Center at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to which she donated her remarkable collection of his photographs, including the entire series of her portraits. Martha Chahroudi, from Philadelphia Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections (1995), p. 56.