Brooklyn Bridge: Variation On An Old Theme - Joseph Stella
The eastern United States is home to some of the country's most beloved and recognizable landmarks. In this picture the artist gives you a rare view of a famous New York City landmark—the Brooklyn Bridge. From which part of the bridge are you looking? Like two giant, wide-open eyes, the bridge’s pointed arches gaze at the cityscape in the distance. What do see through them? The artist painted another view of the bridge at the bottom of the picture. Why do you think he chose to show it from close up and from far away?
The artist especially loved how the bridge’s graceful lines and massive shapes work together to create a structure that is both strong and elegant. At first glance all these lines and shapes make the picture look busy, but it's actually very organized. Trace your finger along one of the silvery suspension cables on one side of the picture. Now trace a cable on the other side. By making the lines mirror each other, the artist balanced the two sides of the picture. What other parts of the picture are balanced in this way?