Oil on Dimensions are: 215.3 cm x … (100.8 x 98.4 cm). (220 × 199.4 × 5.9 cm). 1980, with Richard L. Feigen & Co., New York; 1980, sold by Richard l. Feigen & Co. to Susan Morse Hilles; 1986, gift of Susan Morse Hilles to the MFA. In the engineering marvel of the Brooklyn Bridge, which he first depicted in 1918 and returned to throughout his career, he found a contemporary technological monument that embodied the modern human spirit. Joseph Stella, The Brooklyn Bridge: Variation on an Old Theme, 1939. Scott Gutterman (New York: Prestel-Verlag, 2015), 77, ill. Sarah Kate Gillespie et al., Icon of Modernism, exh. When Joseph Stella arrived in New York the Brooklyn Bridge was only about 15 years old. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2006), 17, fig. His fascination with the bridge began with his first sight of it shortly after his arrival in America in 1896 from his native Italy. Yale University Art Gallery. 309. Flowers, Italy Joseph Stella 1931. He is also associated with the American Precisionist movement of the 1910s–1940s. In the case of his painting of the Brooklyn Bridge, he uses futuristic techniques to emphasize the architectural feat the bridge represented, a step forward into a more modern society. Stella saw this bridge as a force of inspiration, and a symbol of technology. The Brooklyn Bridge Joseph Stella 1939. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2007), 401, fig. Joseph Stella and the Brooklyn Bridge. Filed under: brooklyn / BROOKLYN BRIDGE / JOSEPH STELLA / NEW YORK CITY. • um 1913/14: Abstraktion (Seerosen) (Pastell auf Papier; 99,7 × 74,3 cm; The Newark Museum, Newark) Inspiration •Stella had been inspired to paint the Brooklyn Bridge by his own intense experience of it late one night as he stood (New Haven, Conn: Yale University Press, 2017), 253, fig. Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, exh. 1919–1920. 1919–1920. The Red Hat Joseph Stella 1924. Stella photographed its various components —the maze of wires and cables, the granite piers and Gothic arches, the pedestrian walkway and subway tunnels, the thrilling prospect of Manhattan skyscrapers — as an abstract pattern of line, form, and color that evokes an idea of the bridge … (Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art, 2017), 253, 363, no. His older brother, a doctor, was already in New York and the plan was for Joseph to follow in his footsteps. Sarah D. Coffin, Stephen Harrison, and Emily M. Orr, The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s, exh. (Accession Date: December 17, 1986). 7. Rainer Maria Rilke et al., Sunlight on the River: Poems about Paintings, Paintings about Poems, ed. SPECIAL ADVISORY: In accordance with Yale University’s revised COVID-19 protocols, the Yale University Art Gallery will close to the public beginning Friday, October 16, 2020. Review and updating of such records is ongoing. JOSEPH STELLA (1877–1946) Joseph Stella, a modernist who explored numerous styles and subjects, is best known for his images of the Brooklyn Bridge. Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Gift of Susan Morse Hilles in memory of Paul Hellmuth, About 1941, Wright Ludington (1900-1992), Santa Barbara, California. Old Brooklyn Bridge Joseph Stella 1941. In 1939, Joseph Stella, an Italian immigrant tried to capture the excitement he found on the city streets of New York in his painting The Brooklyn Bridge. Of course, he had never seen anything like it. Walt Whitman, John Marin, Hart Crane, Lewis Mumford, and Georgia O’Keeffe, for example, all paid homage to this structure. Terms and Conditions  Credits, Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery, 84 3/4 × 76 5/8 in. fig. After growing up in Europe, he came to the United States in 1896 to study medicine. For Stella, the Brooklyn Bridge—with its noises and tremors and terrors and comforts—represented a spiritual passage to redemption, a visual way of showing transcendence in a secular world. "Brooklyn Bridge" by Joseph Stella Joseph Stella (1877-1946) was born in a small village near Naples, Italy. JOSEPH STELLA [1877–1946] 14b Brooklyn Bridge,c. For Stella, the Brooklyn Bridge—with its noises and tremors and terrors and comforts—represented a spiritual passage to redemption, a visual way of showing transcendence in a secular world. Brooklyn Bridge is Joseph Stella’s best-known and most moving testimonial to the power and majesty of America’s modern industrial landscape. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York . He emigrated to New York at the age of 18 and anglicizing his name Giuseppe to Joseph. 1. The bridge was viewed as more than an icon of the industrial age, though, for its design and construction fused the new technology of its innovative cable suspension with historical references to the past: the great Gothic arches of its towers linked the Old World and the New. 345, fig. Dennis Barone, ed., New Hungers for Old: One-Hundred Years of Italian-American Poetry (Scottsdale, Ariz: Star Cloud Press, 2011), cover ill. “Looking to Learn, Learning to Teach,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2013): 46, fig. All rights reserved. 1919–1920 14-B Joseph Stella (1877–1946), Brooklyn Bridge,c. The Brooklyn Bridge became a recurring theme in Stella’s work and he … January 11, 2020 “Brooklyn Bridge”, oil on canvas, 1919-20. 1919–1920 14-B Joseph Stella (1877–1946), Brooklyn Bridge,c. cat. Completed in 1883 and hailed as an engineering wonder, the Brooklyn Bridge was recognized as a symbol of the modern city by artists and writers alike. 1111 Chapel Street (at York Street) He settled in Brooklyn in about 1919 and began to paint the bridge with this new vocabulary, using its flashing lights and rush of crisscrossed wires to indicate movement through space. 1. New Haven, Connecticut. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Adolph Lewisohn, 28.207 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 28.207_glass_bw.jpg) framed: 86 5/8 × 78 1/2 × 2 5/16 in. The Whitney's Collection: Selections from 1900 to 1965. Copyright © 2020 The Yale University Art Gallery. JOSEPH STELLA [1877–1946] 14bBrooklyn Bridge,c. On view Where We Are: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1900–1960. Designed by John Roebling, it connected Manhattan Island and Brooklyn on Long Island (a fascinating book about the building of the bridge is The Great Bridge by David McCullough.) Oil on canvas, 70 × 42 in. The Virgin, 1926.Oil on canvas, 39 11/16 x 38 3/4 in. Joseph Stella, The Brooklyn Bridge: Variation on an Old Theme | Video in American Sign Language; Exhibitions. Sarah D. Coffin, Stephen Harrison, and Emily M. Orr, The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s, exh. Its riveting colors and shapes convey excitement and structure. The Bridge Joseph Stella 1920. He was born in Muro Lucano, Italy in 1877. 309. The Amazon Joseph Stella 1925-1926. (215.3 × 194.6 cm) cat. 1. (Athens: University of Georgia, 2016), 74, fig. cat. cat. Jennifer Gross, exh. Bourgeois Galleries, New York, by 1920; Katharine Dreier, New York, from 1920; Société Anonyme, New York, by 1941; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn. Alan Shestack, ed., Yale University Art Gallery Selections (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1983), 76–77, ill. Rachel Barnes et al., The 20th Century Art Book (London: Phaidon Press, 1996), 443, ill. Artists on Art: Observations by Yale Faculty on Selections from the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1999), 22–25, ill. Ruth L. Bohan et al., The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America, ed. Joseph Stella (born Giuseppe Michele Stella, June 13, 1877 – November 5, 1946) was an Italian-born American Futurist painter best known for his depictions of industrial America, especially his images of the Brooklyn Bridge. cat. Here, Stella portrays the bridge with a linear dynamism borrowed from Italian Futurism. Learn More. Joseph Stella (American, born Italy, 1877-1946).