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Watercolor, West Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

It is interesting to note that the Bay Bridge in this painting is red, the color exclusively associated with the Golden Gate Bridge. Perhaps, since the bridge is still unfinished, the artist was recording the red lead paint used as a protective undercoat during construction. Or, perhaps, he was simply exercising artistic license and used the vermilion hues of the Golden Gate Bridge to enhance the aesthetic appeal of his scene.
Source: Hodgson Collection, Environmental Design Archives.
The Color
 
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