Joseph Stella—one of the first American artists to glorify the new technologies of urban modernity—was born today in 1877. The Brooklyn Bridge was his most iconic subject. See more of the artist’s work in American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe.

Joseph Stella (1877–1946), The Brooklyn Bridge: Variation on an Old Theme, 1939. Oil on canvas, 70 × 42 in. (177.8 × 106.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase 42.15

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“The Brooklyn Bridge" – Joseph Stella

This is one of the most iconic paintings of Italian-born American futurist painter Joseph Stella. He is best known for his depictions of the modern industrial landscape of America, and the Brooklyn Bridge in particular.

The painting was done in 1939, oil on canvas, 70 ¼ by 42 3/16 in. (178.4 by 107.2 cm). it is currently housed at the Whitney Museum of American Art, in New York.

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