Near the entrance, the grass has some brown edges, and the door looks like it’s open. On the side of the house is a window, a square divided into two rectangles. It has a white outline and stands out in the image. Far above the mountains are white fluffy clouds and blue skies on the horizon.
From around 1918 to 1928, the artist and her husband had their summers at the Lake George and stayed in the farmhouse that belonged to Alfred Stieglitz’s family. Georgia loved staying in the countryside and usually lagged at the lake until the late fall. She took pictures and painted symbolic details of the artwork. While she stayed at Lake George, she came up with over 200 paintings such as the Lake George Window, Lake George, Old Maple, Red Hills, and The Barns. While most viewers think of Lake George as a successful site for Georgia, she had disclosed that the life wasn’t the easiest at the lake. Her husband had a good time hosting guests, while Georgia concentrated on her artwork. She had a studio by the lake where she had her artwork finalised. The studio is the house in the portrait, and she meant to show the world where all the magic happened. It was her shanty, and she was proud of it.
This painting attracted different views from several artists such as Arthur Dove, Charles Demuth, and Paul Strand. They had wanted her to get back to painting her floral and coloured paintings. According to them, the portrait was masculine. In her defence, she stated that she could paint any of the dismal-coloured paintings just like the men would. She further insisted that she would paint it for fun in a low-toned look and include a tree just next to the door. After her husband died, the artist travelled back to Lake George and buried his ashes under a tall pine tree seen in this painting. The lake is among the most iconic, yet most important places that she visited and inspired her paintings. My Shanty, Lake George painting was the first of Georgia’s paintings to be purchased by Duncan Phillips. Today, it is in the Phillips Collection and still excites most art enthusiasts. She is celebrated all over the world.