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Joseph Stella

American painter

Born: June 13, 1877 - Muro Lucano, Italy

Died: November 5, 1946 - Queens, NY

"I was thrilled to find America so rich with so many new motives to be translated into a new art. Steel and electricity had created a new world. "

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Joseph Stella's professional career left a lasting mark on American modernism, but it was just as fraught and unsteady as his personal life. Following the hugely influencial 1913 Armory Show, he became a key figure in the New York art world. His style and subject matter changed frequently throughout his career, reflecting his own search for meaning and identity as an immigrant working in a rapidly changing urban America. Perhaps because of his outsider status, his images of industrial America were his most successful and influential. Indeed, his images of New York City landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge are depicted with the power and honesty only truly possible from a truly dynamic mind.

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