Description: Morning on the River

The Brooklyn Bridge towers over the icy waters of the East River in this painting by Jonas Lie.  Below the bridge we see the working reality of the river: wharves, buildings cranes and tugboats emerge from the mist and smoke-filled atmosphere.  On the far shore, taller buildings are barely seen as they melt into the cloudy sky.

Morning on the River is known to have exhibited at the National Academy of Design in its 87th Annual Exhibition from March 9 to April 14th, 1912.  It was acquired by Ruth Sibley Gade sometime between then and June 12th, 1913, because the Memorial Art Gallery Board of Managers minutes from that date state that “Mr. Sibley announced the gift by Ruth Sibley Gade of a painting by Jonas Lie, entitled ‘Morning on the River.’”  The painting was included in the Gallery’s Inaugural Exhibition in October 1913, and has been a visitor favorite ever since.

  • Artist: Jonas Lie, American of Norwegian birth, 1880 – 1940
  • Created: ca. 1911-1912
  • Credit Line: Gift of Ruth Sibley Gade in memory of James G. Averell, 13.6