Brooklyn Bridge

Painter: Joseph Stella

Year: 1919-1920

Although Stella did not faithfully reproduce the bridge, his deft composition contains the bridge's most striking elements, including pedestrian walkways, Gothic arches, and the thicket of wires and cables. The hellish-red at the base of the painting is juxtaposed against the heavenly-blue that is the focus of the composition. Stella's painting is affective, and more evocative than a literal transcription of the bridge would be.