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Brooklyn Bridge

As a symbol of modern industrialism, the Brooklyn Bridge, completed in 1883, has long been a popular subject for artists. Georgia O'Keeffe's powerful image of the bridge is one of the last works that she painted in New York before her relocation to New Mexico in 1949, and Brooklyn Bridge has been interpreted as a farewell to the city where she lived and worked for many years. 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 and endowing the bridge with a quality of religious feeling. O'Keeffe's particular modernist vision emphasized the abstract elements of the composition and the importance of flat pattern and design.


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