The Bridge

Albert Pinkham Ryder American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 773

"The Bridge," done on gilded leather, shares the horizontal format and the thin paint application of "The Smuggler's Cove" (09.58.2). This panoramic landscape has been said to combine fragments of New York scenery that Ryder would have known: a bit of the skyline as seen from Central Park, and High Bridge, which spans the Harlem River. Despite these possible references to specific sites, "The Bridge" is still imaginative rather than literal. Its detachment from the appearance of nature looks forward to a modernist approach to picture making.

The Bridge, Albert Pinkham Ryder (American, New Bedford, Massachusetts 1847–1917 Elmhurst, New York), Oil on gilt leather, American

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