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Cityscape

Artist: Joseph Stella (American, 1877 - 1946)

Date: 1918-1924
Medium: Colored pencil on tan-colored wove paper
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 1/2 x 6 3/4in. (11.4 x 17.1cm)
Signed: verso, lower right: Rabin and Kruger Gallery stamp , initialed in ink by Bernard Rabin
Credit Line: Gift of Edward W. Root, by exchange
Object number: 94.21
Label Text
Stella was infatuated with the noise, light, and speed of New York City. He found a pictorial equivalent for the optimism of modern urban life in the painting styles of the French and Italian avant-garde, particularly the work of Gino Severini (1883-1966), whose cubist-inspired "Futurist" style he successfully assimilated. Like numerous artists in Europe and America, Stella's art became more conservative following the disillusioning experience of the First World War. The museum's drawing is an example of Stella's renunciation of modernist form and color in favor of realistic representations of the city, which he rendered without social comment, or the religious or sexual symbolism of his later works.

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