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Artist of the moment……Joseph Stella….

Joseph Stella was a wonderful painter of modern imagery born in Muro, Lucano Italy in the year 1896.. His specialty was architecture and he became world renown for his images dealing with the Brooklyn Bridge.

The artist first came to the United States in 1896 in order to study medicine. He only studied medicine briefly and enrolled at the renown Art Students League of New York and wanted to become an artist.

As a student he enjoyed walking about the streets and drawing from life, very similar to the manner of Lautrec. Drawing from life is important and the masters new it. Though the works might not be 100% technically correct, the works have a great sense of life and movement in them.

A large commission was awarded to Joseph Stella to cover the Industrial Revolution in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1909 the artist returned to Italy from the United States. Stella became involved with the Futurist movement in Italy.

1913 Joseph returns to the United States and met important architects of the art world in America such as the great photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz and the amazing artist Marcel Duchamp. The artist was present when Duchamp bought the urinal he used for his most famous work below.


In this clip a great selection of art from Joseph Stella.

Stella moved onto the world stage after the Armory Show that featured a modern way of looking at art. The old school found the young artists work revolting, but the work proved to be a stepping ground for many young up and coming artists.

In the 1930s was part of the Federal Arts Program. This was a great program for artists and all sorts of materials were produced during this era such as posters, murals, and paintings. Over 8 years more than 200,000 works of art were made! What a program!

Produced many wonderful etchings, including portraits of other artists like Duchamp and the writer Walt Whitman. In the 1920s he worked with collage.

Joseph Stella passed away in 1946 at the age of 69 years old.

price range information: Stella worked in many mediums the cheapest being pencil drawing which range $500 to $15,000. Watercolours and gouache works range $1,000 to $50,000. Oils range $10,000 to $250,000.