The first thing to notice about this version is how precise the cables have been drawn, as opposed to this untitled version. The arches are still significant here, but not quite as dominant, with O'Keeffe including plenty of other visual interest elsewhere in the composition as well. The brown-orange toned paper seems to help add interest here too, bringing in some much needed colour, even if it hasn't been added by the artist as such. The cables which connect the vertical constructions form a sort of pattern, perhaps similar to a spider web in which there is a similar uniformity in placement of each and every strand. Some have argued that the artist's viewpoint of looking between arches was done so as a way of symbolising how she was looking to leave New York, and was considering her future within this very piece.
The artist is careful to leave some variation between the foreground and background in order to help to create a feeling of depth and perspective to the artwork. For example, the two arches lead through to a much lighter tone which represents the sky that shows through from the back. Below we see the top of one of the bridge towers and this is particularly dark, helping to provide a striking contrast. This piece is described as having been completed in 1949 using charcoal and chalk on paper. It is around this time that the artist relocated to New Mexico from New York, a relocation that inspired several important new bodies of work within her career. You can learn more about the impact of this move in our biography, as well as browsing some of the animal bone paintings which came about after this point.
Georgia O'Keeffe continues to be regarded as one of the most famous American artists in history. She comes up against a long list of notable creatives from the 20th century, though there are also a few who came around earlier than that. In previous centuries it is fair to say that this nation was following in the footsteps of major European countries who were the true innovators for a long period, but slowly over time the US was to start to lead for the first time. When you consider the likes of Rothko, Pollock and Basquiat, one can immediately see how Abstract Expressionists were appearing within the US and helping to spread these ideas further afield. Equally, the US was also building up a fine selection of art galleries and museums which could rival anything in the world and continue to do so today.