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Georgia O’Keeffe
Brooklyn Bridge
Oil on masonite

47 15/16 x 35 7/8 inches
Brooklyn Mueum, Bequest of Mary Childs Draper, (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)

Brooklyn Museum of Art

Excerpt from Brooklyn Museum, New York:

As a symbol of modern industrialism, the Brooklyn Bridge, completed in 1883, has long been a popular subject for artists. Georgia O’Keeffe’s vision of the bridge emphasizes the abstract elements of the composition and the importance of flat pattern and design. The web of cables, framed by the gothic arches of the looming bridge tower, strongly suggests stained-glass windows, proclaiming this vast utilitarian structure a kind of American cathedral.

Brooklyn Bridge is one of the last works O’Keeffe painted in New York before relocating to New Mexico in 1949. It has been interpreted as a farewell to the city where she lived and worked for many years.

Object Record, Brooklyn Museum:
Georgia O’Keeffe
Brooklyn Bridge, 1949


Additional Information

Georgia O’Keeffe: Selected Biographies on Art in Context

Georgia O’Keeffe: Related Links on Art in Context

Georgia O’Keeffe: Selected Images on Art in Context


Georgia O’Keeffe, American, (1887–1986)
b. November 15, 1887, Sun Prairie, WI
d. 1986

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