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Drawing, Suspension Bridge

This is a Drawing. It was created by E. McKnight Kauffer. It is dated 1917. Its medium is watercolor. It is a part of the department.

A breakthrough moment in Kauffer’s career was a solo exhibition of his watercolors in 1917. Roger Fry organized the show, which included Suspension Bridge. As Fry described in his accompanying catalog essay, Kauffer had begun fracturing planes and abstracting pictorial elements, as well as drawing attention to the flatness of the paper. These artistic choices were a direct influence of the style of cubism.


Cubism was a European art movement that began in 1907. Cubist artists combined abstraction with an attempt to represent multiple planes simultaneously, thereby representing several points of view at the same time.

It is credited Simon Rendall Collection.

  • Print, Brooklyn Bridge
  • lithograph on white paper.
  • Museum purchase through gift of Eleanor G. Hewitt.
  • 1951-43-6

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

  • Drawing, Tug Boat
  • black crayon on white paper.
  • Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer.
  • 1963-39-782

Its dimensions are

Frame: 15 3/4 x 11 3/16 in.

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer.

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