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Title

The curve of the bridge

1928-1929

Artist

Grace Cossington Smith

Australia

1892 - 20 Dec 1984

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Sydney New South Wales Australia
    Date
    1928-1929
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on cardboard
    Dimensions
    110.5 x 82.5 cm board; 126.5 x 99.0 x 8.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed l.l. corner, black ink "G.Cossington Smith". Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales and James Fairfax AO 1991
    Location
    20th & 21st c Australian art
    Accession number
    1.1991
    Copyright
    © Estate of Grace Cossington Smith

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  • About

    Throughout its construction, which was completed in 1932, the Sydney Harbour Bridge inspired many artists to redefine their visions of the city and the harbour by incorporating this new industrial structure. This painting shows the massive frame-work in mid-construction, emerging from the shores of North Sydney. It reveals Grace Cossington Smith’s view of the bridge as a dynamic work-in-progress.

    In a powerful translation of forms through colour and light, the painting radiates optimism and energy in a celebration of modern engineering and, more broadly, the modern age. The artist made many pencil studies onsite, which she inscribed with notes on colour, took back to her studio and transformed into an iconic expression of Sydney’s most enduring urban monument.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Sydney

  • Audio

    The curve of the bridge - Grace Cossington Smith 1:14

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 10 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 42 publications

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