Untitled (Night View of Brooklyn Bridge)

Joseph Stellacirca 1918

Chrysler Museum of Art

Chrysler Museum of Art
Norfolk, United States

Joseph Stella presents the Brooklyn Bridge as a web of wires and electric lights against the night sky. This explosion of lines overwhelms his small canvas, suggesting the awe he likely felt when crossing from his home in Brooklyn to the studios and galleries of Manhattan. Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge remained in Stella’s day a symbol of modernity, progress, and hope. The painter was fascinated with this wonder of engineering and created both dynamic studies like this work and large formal explorations of the bridge’s complex architectural geometry.



  • Title: Untitled (Night View of Brooklyn Bridge)
  • Creator: Joseph Stella
  • Creator Lifespan: 1877/1946
  • Creator Nationality: American
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: New York City, NY
  • Creator Birth Place: Muro Lucano, Italy
  • Date Created: circa 1918
  • Location Created: New York City, NY
  • Provenance: Zabriske Gallery, New York; Rubin and Krueger Gallery, Newark, N.J.; Richard DeKoster, New York; Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.; Bequest of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. to the Chrysler Museum, 1989.
  • Physical Dimensions: 11 3/4 x 18 5/8 in. (29.8 x 47.3 cm)
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on board

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