Bridge from North Shore


Margaret Preston is best known for the striking paintings and woodcut prints that she produced from the 1920s until the 1950s. Bridge from North Shore is a bold and decorative work and a fine example of the artist’s style during this period. Like the floral still-lifes the artist produced at this time, many details of the scene have been simplified. The linear textures of tiled roofs, bricks, wire and wooden fences, and the dominant form of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, have been reduced to create a dense mixture of decorative patterning.

Margaret Preston, Australia 1875-1963 / Bridge from North Shore c.1932 / Woodcut, hand-coloured on paper / Purchased 2003. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © Margaret Preston 1932/Licensed by Viscopy 2017

O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism’ is on show at the Queensland Art Gallery until 11 June 2017 and is accompanied by an exhibition publication available from the QAGOMA Store.


The exhibition explores the intersection of three remarkable modernist painters who each used colour and abstraction to create a distinct, identifiable art. Even though they did not discuss their work with each other, North American artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) and Australians Margaret Preston (1875–1963) and Grace Cossington Smith (1892–1984) shared a passionate curiosity for the natural world, and each worked within the emerging transcultural discourse of Modernism.

Presented by the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Victoria, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, and the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, in partnership with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, and supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Gordon Darling Foundation.