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DelMonico Books/ Brandywine River Museum of Art/High Museum of Art

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Clth, 9.75 x 10.75 in. / 212 pgs / 212 color.

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Catalog: SPRING 2023 p. 46   

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West Palm Beach, FL
Norton Museum of Art, 10/15/22–01/15/23

Atlanta, GA
High Museum of Art, 02/24/23–05/21/23

Chadds Ford, PA
Brandywine River Museum of Art, 06/17/23–09/24/23

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Joseph Stella: Visionary Nature

Edited with text by Stephanie Mayer Heydt. Edited with illustrated chronology by Audrey Lewis. Foreword by Rand Suffolk, Thomas Padon. Text by Ellen E. Roberts, Karli Wurzelbacher, Ara H. Merjian.

Joseph Stella: Visionary Nature

The first major monograph on the visionary nature paintings of the pioneering American modernist

Though Joseph Stella is primarily recognized for his dynamic Futurist-inspired paintings of New York, particularly of the Brooklyn Bridge, he was also compelled to express the powerful connection he felt to the natural world, a subject he pursued persistently throughout his career. Visionary Nature presents an overdue examination of this prolific and wide-ranging body of nature-based work.
If Stella’s cityscapes became symbols of a modern era, his pictures of flowers, plants, birds and trees were rooted in another, more ancient, primal and paradisaical world. Inspired by archaic and classical precedents as well as his own brand of spirituality, these lyrical and exuberant works are also his least understood. By focusing on his unique visual vocabulary and the context in which it developed, Visionary Nature reconsiders how his nature paintings relate to his career, revealing a surprising continuity between seemingly disparate subjects and exploring how these works are reflective of Stella’s passionate spirituality. His close affiliation with the natural world shaped a body of work that ranged from vividly realistic to poetically transcendent and visionary in its unique expression.
Joseph Stella (1877–1946) was born in Italy and moved to New York City in 1896. He belonged to avant-garde circles on both sides of the Atlantic and achieved international notoriety in the 1910s for his large-scale paintings of modern America. For the remainder of his career, he traveled widely and produced a large body of nature-themed work. He died in 1946 from heart failure.


"Purissima" (1927) is reproduced from 'Joseph Stella: Visionary Nature.'

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/29/2023

Lyrical and exuberant, 'Joseph Stella: Visionary Nature' releases this week

Lyrical and exuberant, 'Joseph Stella: Visionary Nature' releases this week

"Tree of My Life" (1919) is reproduced from Joseph Stella: Visionary Nature, the first major monograph on the nature-based paintings of the pioneering American modernist whose work is normally associated with Futurism. The result of an important epiphany, "Tree of My Life" marks the beginning of Stella’s exploration of nature and the centering of his Italian identity in his work. He describes the moment of breakthrough: "a new light broke over me… . Unexpectedly, from the sudden unfolding of blue distances of my youth in Italy, a great clarity announced PEACE—proclaimed the luminous dawn of A NEW ERA." continue to blog


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