The Bridges, 1981

by Arthur Cohen (1928–2012)
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 48 inches
Signed and dated lower right: Arthur Cohen ’81; on stretcher bar: The Bridges – Arthur Cohen – Feb-Mar – ‘81


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Private corporate collection, acquired from above, 1982

Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, New York, October 3, 2023, lot 343, from above

Related Work

Brooklyn Bridge 1, 1982, etching with aquatint; Brooklyn Museum, New York

Note: Arthur Cohen paints the East River from beneath the Manhattan Bridge looking west towards Lower Manhattan. The Brooklyn Bridge is visible in the distance stretching across the horizon.

Artist Biography

Born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx, New York, Arthur Cohen is known for his scenes of New York City and Provincetown, Massachusetts. From the late 1940s to early 1950s he studied at Cooper Union, with Edwin Dickinson (1891–1978) and Robert Gwathmey (1903–1988), and at the Art Students League with Reginald Marsh (1898–1954). Cohen lived his entire life in New York City, apart from annual stays in Provincetown. His frequent subjects included the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, Flatiron Building, Provincetown harbor and shore, as well as domestic interior scenes. He worked as an etcher and a painter. Cohen once commented,

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