From 1918 until 1928 O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz spent their summers at Lake George, New York, where they stayed in a farmhouse belonging to his family. O'Keeffe, who preferred the country to New York City, usually remained at Lake George from April until late in the fall. The pictures that resulted from these summer periods were both representational and abstract, though abstraction became less common in her work of the 1920s.
O'Keeffe was first introduced to the Lake George area in 1907, when she was a student at the Art Students League and received a scholarship to paint in the region. Similar to other Lake George landscapes of the early to mid-1920s, My Shanty, Lake George reveals a vocabulary of simplified forms, precise edges, and repeated horizontals.