Georgia O’Keeffe lived in New York for three decades and during this time she formed a special relationship with the Brooklyn Museum. In 1926 she was included in the International Exhibition of Modern Art Assembled by Société Anonyme and in the following year we hosted her first solo museum show, Paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe (which opened 90 years ago today!). O’Keeffe persuaded one lender to the 1927 exhibition to give one of the paintings to the Brooklyn Museum, and O’Keeffe herself bequeathed six more works when she died in 1986, thus securing a permanent presence in our collections and our galleries.
O’Keeffe painted Brooklyn Bridge shortly before relocating permanently to New Mexico in 1949. Concentrating on the bridge’s suspension cables and pointed arches—a view that she had often enjoyed when driving across it—this painting is considered her farewell to the city, and serves as a nice reminder of her connection to our borough and Museum.