A Vision

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1925/26

Artist:

Joseph Stella
American, born Italy, 1877–1946

About this artwork

In 1922 Joseph Stella revisited his native Italy and became fascinated by Renaissance painting. After returning to New York, he began to produce detailed, symbolic compositions such as A Vision, which was originally a mural commission. Stella was enthralled by the tropical plants he observed at the Bronx Botanical Garden, and here he imagined a woman growing out of the earth like the exotic flowers on either side of her. This painting’s fantastical subject also aligns it with modern art, particularly the dreamlike imagery of Surrealism.

On View

American Art, Gallery 271

Artist

Joseph Stella

Title

A Vision

Origin

United States

Date

1925–1926

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed lower right: Joseph Stella

Dimensions

203.2 × 101.6 cm (80 × 40 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior gift of the Albert Kunstadter Family Foundation

Reference Number

1990.79

Extended information about this artwork

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