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Joseph Stella

Joseph Stella

Seeing America through his immigrant eyes, Stella (1877–1946) was an Italian-born painter best known for his depictions of a rapidly changing industrial America. He created his work as tributes to the power and majesty of America’s modern industrial landscape, especially his images of the Brooklyn Bridge. He saw this New York architectural monument as a symbol for modern life, constantly teeming in motion while maintaining stability and solidarity.

Stella’s work is distinctly Futurist, an Italian art movement dedicated to the modern age, celebrating power, speed, movement, machinery and violence through its fractured forms and vivid palettes. Many of Stella’s compositions are influenced by Renaissance altarpieces, substituting sacred figures with modern architecture. This choice reflected his typically Futurist belief that in the future technology would replace the old religions.