Our Art / Joseph Stella / Battle of Lights, Coney Island, Mardi Gras

Enjoy Battle of Lights, Coney Island, Mardi Gras by Joseph Stella and hundreds more 4K artworks with the Depict Experience.
Battle of Lights, Coney Island, Mardi Gras by Joseph Stella on the Depict FrameBattle of Lights, Coney Island, Mardi Gras by Joseph Stella
Battle of Lights, Coney Island, Mardi Gras by Joseph Stella

Battle of Lights, Coney Island, Mardi Gras, 1913

Joseph Stella

A phantasmagoria of swirling shapes and colors represents Mardi Gras at the Coney Island amusement park. The artist wrote that Coney Island presented the “most intense arabesque … [of the] surging crowd and the revolving machines generating … violent, dangerous pleasures.” In this cacophonous work, you’ll find strings of lights, gyrating dancers, and the radiating steel beams of the Ferris wheel and roller coasters. Fragments of honky-tonk signs make reference to the resort’s popular attractions, such as Steeplechase Park and Feltman’s restaurant, where the hotdog was invented. At bottom center, the letters C-O-M allude to the commedia dell’arte, the European equivalent of Mardi Gras.

From the Playlist
Credit
Yale University Art Gallery
Sign up for our newsletter to stay current on new artworks, upcoming art shows, and more!
© 2019, Depict