A Vision

A work made of oil on canvas.

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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. Emulating Italian artists such as Sandro Botticelli, Stella began to produce decorative, detailed, symbolic compositions such as A Vision, which was originally a mural commission. The painting’s fantastical subject also allies it with modern art, particularly Surrealism. Stella was enthralled by the tropical plants he observed at the Bronx Botanical Garden in New York, and here he imagined an iconic woman growing out of the earth like the exotic flowers on either side of her.

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

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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