Joseph Stella, ‘Palm Tree, Barbados’, 1939, Debra Force Fine Art

Signature: signed Jos. Stella, lower right

New York, Robert Schoelkopf Gallery, Joseph Stella, January – February,1963, no. 1
New York, The American Federation of Arts, American Painting: The 1940s, May 1967 – May 1968, p. 31, no. 56, illus.
Mountainville, New York, Storm King Art Center, Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings, and Collages by Joseph Stella, 1880-1945, June 2-27 [year unknown]

The artist
Estate of the artist
[Robert Schoelkopf Gallery, New York, by 1963]
[John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco]
Mary and Leigh Block, Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago, gift of the above, 1988
[Menconi and Schoelkopf, New York]
Private collection, New York

About Joseph Stella

Joseph Stella painted in varied styles throughout his life but is perhaps best known for his expressive and emotional paintings of the Brooklyn Bridge. Stella's works are mostly abstract, combining thick sweeping gestures with dramatic perspectival recession. He is hailed as America's first Futurist artist, and also incorporated Cubist techniques and elements of an emerging symbolist movement in his work. Ever interested in emerging urban themes, Stella returned repeatedly to the subject of the Brooklyn Bridge, his frenetic images reflecting the personal experience living in lower Manhattan as an immigrant and dueling feelings of raw urban frustration mixed with profound awe for the industrial icon. For Stella, the Brooklyn Bridge became a symbol of modern life, full of excitement and motion, while also representing stability and solidarity.

Italian-American, 1877-1946, Lucano, Italy, based in New York, New York