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View, New York City, George Washington Bridge, Gottlob Briem, Vintage Print, c. 1930

$1,250

Gottlob L. Briem (1899-1972)
Tower under Construction, Washington Bridge NYC
New York: c. 1930
Etching, edition number 16/100
Signed, dated, titled and numbered “100/16 Imp.” in pencil lower margin
Etching
14.75 x 9.25 inches, platemark
17.5 x 11.5 inches, overall
$1,250

Dramatic view looking up at a tower of the George Washington Bridge during its construction in New York City. Small abstracted figures of workers walking on the span are dwarfed by the soaring tower supports, whose geometric structure is carefully rendered in perspective against a light colored sky. Building supplies are stacked on the span. The swooping curve of the suspension bridge cables crosses the opening between the tower pillars to the distant tower at the other end of the bridge. The bridge was built between 1927 and 1931. This etching is part of a series Briem made of New York’s skyscrapers and bridges viewed from below in striking perspective. Like many artists of the 1930s, he also depicted them under construction. Other imprints of this etching are in the collection of the National Gallery of Art and New-York Historical Society.

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Gottlob L. Briem was an artist known for his Modernist drawings, paintings and etchings, especially of architectural subjects. He was the son of a custom piano manufacturer in Germany and initially intended to learn American methods of piano construction when he arrived in New York in 1926, then to return home to work in his father’s business. Instead, he remained in the United States, taking evening classes at the Grand Central School of Art, where he studied with Arshile Gorky. He lived in New York until 1942, when he moved to Bethel, Vermont. In 1963, the Bennington (VT) Banner reported he was among the artists with one-person shows opening at the Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester, and said that he was “also noted as a restorer of antique pianos.”

Condition: Generally very good, recently professionally cleaned and deacidified, with light remaining toning from former matting, unobtrusive and can be rematted out.

References:

“Gottlob L. Briem.” National Gallery of Art. 2019. https://www.nga.gov/collection/artist-info.33232.html (12 September 2019).

“SVAC Holds Reception As One-Man-Shows Commence.” Bennington Banner. 24 June 1963. p. 6. Online at https://newspaperarchive.com/bennington-banner-jun-24-1963-p-6/ (12 September 2019).

Symmes, Marilyn F. Impressions of New York: Prints from the New-York Historical Society. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2005. 110. pp. 202-203. Online at Google Books: https://books.google.com/books?id=8MwcgRuiP_oC&pg=PA202 (12 September 2019).

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20th Century