American artist Yvonne Jacquette began painting aerial views in the 1970s and has become known for her explorations of perspective and composition in her bird’s-eye cityscapes. To create these views, Jacquette works from temporary studio spaces on the upper floors of tall office towers or apartment buildings. This nocturnal scene was painted from Lower Manhattan, facing east towards Brooklyn. Looking down on the East River and beyond, Jacquette used small strokes of paint to render the water that separates the city’s gridded boroughs and the bridges (with jewel-like suspension cables) that connect them.
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Yvonne Jacquette (American, born 1934). East River View with Brooklyn Bridge, 1983. Oil on canvas, 96 x 128 in. (243.8 x 325.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by the Landowne-Bloom Foundation in memory of Louis Landowne and Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 83.84. © artist or artist’s estate