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Joseph Stella, American Landscape (1929)


Walker Art Center



Institution Walker Art Center
For the majority of his artistic career, Joseph Stella was an active member of the Precisionists, a loosely formed group of artists who depicted painted architectural and industrial subjects as smooth, sharply defined forms emphasizing the mechanical and geometric aspects of urban technology.

Stella saw the Brooklyn Bridge, which had been completed in 1883, as a powerful symbol of urban modernity and used the image in numerous works throughout his career. In his essay, "Brooklyn Bridge, a Page of My Life," Stella comments on the first time he stood on the bridge, in the middle of the night, alone: "I felt deeply moved, as if on the threshold of a new religion or in the presence of a new DIVINITY. It is a shrine containing all the efforts of the new civilization of AMERICA."

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Source: Label text for Joseph Stella, American Landscape (1929), from the exhibition Selections from the Permanent Collection, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, December 8, 1996 to April 4, 1999.
Rights: Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: March 1, 2009