Joseph Stella's "Old Brooklyn Bridge" Essay by Calwriter

Joseph Stella's "Old Brooklyn Bridge"
This paper discusses, based on John Berger's book, "Ways of Seeing," the experience of seeing Joseph Stella's painting, "Old Brooklyn Bridge."
# 56640 | 2,020 words | 0 sources | 2005 | US
Published on Mar 14, 2005 in Art (Painting) , Art (Fine Art)

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The paper explains that the "Old Brooklyn Bridge" is positively aglow with color and light; the painting is alive and active, its linear composition is stellar, and the palate reminiscent of the industrial age in which it was born. The author points out that she sees the painting with increasing awareness and a deeper understanding of the artist's intent, now understanding, in Berger's words, that art becomes "a record of how X had seen Y." The paper reveals that the clearest structure the author could discern in the background was a strategically placed depiction of the bridge's recognizable towers.

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