About this artwork
Although best known for his bucolic views of the countryside near his Connecticut home, New York City was Henry Ward Ranger’s primary place of residence, and the artist found inspiration in the urban environment. In Brooklyn Bridge he recorded one of the greatest icons of modernity. Completed in 1883, this impressive structure was still the longest suspension bridge in the world when Ranger painted it sixteen years later. Yet instead of emphasizing its massive scale or modern construction the artist produced a fairly traditional view, integrating the bridge into the landscape. The painting displays a rich luminosity through Ranger’s method of layering applications of paint and using transparent glazes.
- Henry Ward Ranger
- Brooklyn Bridge
- United States (Artist's nationality)
- Oil on canvas
- Signed, lower left: "Henry Ranger 99"
- 72.4 × 91.8 cm (28 1/2 × 36 1/8 in.)
- Gift of Charles L. Hutchinson