Main Street Bridge, Rochester
26 1/4 x 36 in. (66.7 x 91.4 cm)
Colin Campbell Cooper
(Philadelphia, PA, 1856 - 1937, Santa Barbara, CA)
Medium and Support:
Oil on canvas
Gift of Hiram W. Sibley
Location: Not currently on view
Rochester's Main Street crosses the Genesee River on a bridge connecting the east and west sides of the city. Until the 1960s, commercial buildings like the ones in this painting flanked north and south sides of the bridge, effectively hiding the river below. Since 1989, the bridge has been elegantly ornamented by Albert Paley’s steel railings, framing a dramatic view of the rushing Genesee.
In 1911, Colin Campbell Cooper wrote:
"Mrs. Cooper [painter Emma Lampert Cooper] says that the Main Street Bridge picture, whenever it has been shown at art exhibitions, has attracted much attention, because people are surprised that such a foreign looking place can be found in America…People always compare it with the Ponte Vecchio at Florence, which rather proves my assertion that 'any old thing' is good enough when the sun falls on it right."
[Gallery label text, 2007]