Unusual Georgia O’Keeffe painting going to auction

Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Lake George Reflection,” which can be viewed horizontally or vertically.

NEW YORK — A monumental painting by Georgia O’Keeffe that can be viewed horizontally or vertically is coming to auction and it could bring up to $12 million.

“Lake George Reflection,” created in 1921-22, will be offered at Christie’s New York on May 19.

Measuring 5-feet by 3-feet, it was inspired by O’Keeffe’s visits to Alfred Stieglitz’s family compound on the upstate New York lake. She married the celebrated photographer in 1924.

Horizontally, it’s a landscape of rolling hills reflected in a body of water. Vertically, it becomes abstract, more reminiscent of her iconic flower paintings.

O’Keeffe herself hung it vertically when it was first exhibited in a New York gallery in 1923.

Apart from its sale at auction in the 1990s, it hasn’t been seen publicly since the 1923 exhibition.