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Main Street Bridge, Rochester

1908
26 1/4 x 36 in. (66.7 x 91.4 cm)

Colin Campbell Cooper
American (Philadelphia, PA, 1856 - 1937, Santa Barbara, CA)

Rochester

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Hiram W. Sibley
Accession Number: 1926.20
Location: Currently on view
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Colin Campbell Cooper wrote an essay in 1911 where he recommended his wife’s home town of Rochester as a subject for artists: “Rochester is filled with subjects which need no other idealization to make beautiful than an eye receptive to the glory of light and color and the ability to register these things on canvas.” Here, the artist’s receptive eye captured from a northeast angle downtown’s Main Street Bridge in contrasting colors of warm brick and the cool water. The shops and offices on the Main Street Bridge over the Genesee River illustrate Rochester’s commercial boom in this era, where every inch of space was needed to support the businesses of the central city.

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Artist's signature, lower left: Colin Campbell Cooper, 1908


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Artist; Hiram W. Sibley, Rochester, NY; his gift to the Gallery in 1926

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Seeing America Inservice Materials from a teacher in-service presentation Spring 2008
Seeing America Chapter on Colin Campbell Cooper's Main Street Bridge, Rochester, written by Ruth Rosenberg-Naparsteck.
Main Street Bridge over the Genesee River 1890 image of Main Street Bridge, from the Rochester Images Project, direct url = http://photo.libraryweb.org/carlweb/jsp/DoSearch?databaseID=716&count=10&terms=7096&index=z


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